- Posted by jdavis on June 14, 2011
Most cancer patients notice a loss of energy. During chemotherapy and radiation, about 70% of patients have fatigue. For many, fatigue is severe and limits their activity. Inactivity leads to muscle wasting and loss of function.
An aerobic training program can help break this cycle. In research studies, regular exercise has been linked to reduced fatigue. It is also linked to being able to do normal daily activities without major limitations. An aerobic exercise program can be prescribed as treatment for fatigue in cancer patients. Talk with your doctor about this.
Tips to reduce fatigue:
- Set up a daily routine that allows activity when you are feeling your best.
- Exercise regularly at light to moderate intensity.
- Get fresh air.
- Unless you are told otherwise, eat a balanced diet that includes protein (lean/white meat, fish, milk, eggs, and legumes such as peas or beans) and drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
- Keep your symptoms such as pain, nausea, or depression controlled.
- To save energy, keep things you use often within easy reach.
- Enjoy your hobbies and other activities that give you pleasure.
- Use relaxation and visualization techniques to reduce stress.
- Balance activity with rest that does not interfere with nighttime sleep.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Keep it fun.
The key is to keep your exercise program simple and fun. Exercise and relaxation techniques are great ways to relieve stress. Reducing your stress is a vital element in maintaining health.