Simple Ways to Relieve Fatigue

Cancer-related fatigue is the most commonly reported side effect from cancer and its treatments.

90% of patients and caregivers report feeling fatigued during cancer treatment

Helpful tips:

  • Get plenty of rest. Don't fight fatigue. Rest when you need it. Try to keep naps limited to 20-30 minutes during the daytime.
  • Manage stress. Take time to put stressors into perspective and work to eliminate unhealthy or unnecessary stress in your life. Complete at least one activity for enjoyment each day.
  • Plan and delegate activities. Limit and prioritize activities. Do the most important things first and decrease the number of less important activities.
  • Include adequate protein such as lean meats, peanut butter, beans, eggs, and cottage cheese to help maintain and repair muscular tissue.
  • Continue to have a social life. While limiting your social life does conserve energy, it is important to do things and spend time with people in your daily life that make you happy.
  • Daily exercise. Exercise will reduce deconditioning, improve sleep, and lower anxiety. Strength exercise is the most effective way to fight cancer-related fatigue. Try chair-based exercises such a seated marching, arm curls, and leg lifts. Add a small soup can, hand weight, or use resistance bands to challenge your muscles.

Talk to a member of your clinical team for more information about our patient-focused Cancer Wellness program. Many of our services are no change to you and your family, and are available at any point in your journey.

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