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  • Fatigue after Cancer Treatment

    "The first thing to do is talk with your doctor about what your experience is, because there can be many things contributing to fatigue that may need to be addressed."
    — William F. Pirl, MD  

    Dealing with Fatigue after Cancer Treatment

    Most people simply rest when they get tired, and wake up feeling refreshed. For cancer survivors, resolving issues of fatigue isn't always so easy. Fatigue in cancer survivors (and people who have cancer) can have many causes, ranging from problems sleeping to depression, but there are steps you can take to reduce your fatigue.

    What You Can Do

    • Monitor your sleep habits. If you have trouble sleeping or do you not sleep soundly through most nights, talk with your doctor about finding ways to improve your sleep habits, either through behavior changes, medicines, or a combination of the two.
    • Get enough exercise. Many cancer survivors find themselves out of shape after treatment. Starting an exercise regimen or visiting a physical therapist may help you get your body back to its full fitness level. Talk with your doctor to find a plan that works best for you.
    • Eat a balanced diet. Make sure that you're drinking enough water and getting enough protein in your diet. Talk with your physician or a nutritionist to make sure you're getting enough of the nutrients and fluids you need.
    • Watch for signs of anxiety or depression. Emotional issues such as anxiety or depression are often associated with fatigue, and are not uncommon in cancer survivors. Talk with your health care provider for help with such issues.
    • See your doctor. To find out what's causing your fatigue, talk with your doctor to find potential causes and solutions. Your physician can work with you to check for common medical causes of fatigue, such as thyroid problems or issues related to other health conditions.
    • Learn how body can change after treatment. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints during the first year after cancer treatment. Find additional tips for fighting fatigue.
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