Exercise: Its role in fighting fatigue with cancer

Cancer is defined as abnormal cell growths that multiply without control. It’s a word that no one wants to hear, in any context.  But with more than 120,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed yearly, there’s a high probability that it has affected someone very close to you, or someone you know.

 

And having watched those people go through cancer, and the intense treatment that goes with it, or go through it yourself; you’d know the side effects they had to endure and how it affected their lives and also those around them. . These harsh treatments take a huge toll on the human body, leaving behind many side effects that can last for months, or years after treatment.  Just some of these include immune dysfunction, pain, hair loss, negative changes in body composition including weight, decreased bone health, swelling (lymphedema), bowel changes and fertility issues. But the most common, and often the most debilitating side effect of all is fatigue.

 

Listening to cancer patients talk about the fatigue; it’s described like no other type of fatigue most of us have experienced, it cannot be improved necessarily from sleep or rest. Often felt like it takes over your entire body, it’s a severe tiredness that becomes very debilitating influencing all aspects of their life. And each individual has a different experience to the next. So how do we help treat this debilitating side effect to help improve a patient’s quality of life during and after treatment?

 

Watch the link below, to learn a little more about cancer related fatigue and how you can manage your symptoms.

 

Research shows that a low to moderate exercise program has been shown to reduce the symptoms of cancer related fatigue and increase your quality of life. Often patients respond well to aerobic activities, with the most common of these being walking. But each individual is different, which is why it’s important you have a support system and a care team that right for you.