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WHAT IT IS
Cancer fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment, affecting many cancer patients and survivors. Cancer fatigue is characterized by persistent feelings of physical and emotional tiredness that can last for months. It can also be multi-dimensional, meaning it can show up in different forms and can have multiple contributing causes, making it a complex symptom to manage.
Cancer fatigue can be caused by various factors, including the type of cancer and treatment received, existing diseases, medications, living and working conditions, and mental status. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can also cause cancer fatigue. Chemotherapy-induced fatigue, also known as chemo fatigue, can be particularly challenging to manage as it can be severe and long-lasting.
HOW TO TREAT IT
While there's no simple medical treatment for cancer fatigue, studies show that physical activity, like moderate exercise, and cognitive-behavioral interventions can help alleviate cancer-related fatigue. Exercise has been shown to boost energy levels, reduce fatigue, and improve overall quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Additionally, cognitive-behavioral interventions, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction and relaxation techniques, can help manage cancer fatigue by reducing stress and improving sleep quality.
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