Is fatigue interfering with your life? In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares ways to combat cancer-related fatigue, a common side effect of treatment.
Over the next few months, I’ll be taking a look at different side effects many women experience after cancer treatment and tips to help manage those issues. One of the most common side effects of treatment is cancer-related fatigue. This type of fatigue can be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. It often interferes with daily activities and functioning. Cancer-related fatigue can linger months–or even years after treatment ends.
If you’re experiencing cancer-related fatigue, it’s important to consult with your health care team and make sure to have a proper medical assessment.
If no other issues are found, you might want to try these helpful tips:
Plan ahead. Be more active at the time of the day when you feel most energetic.
Prioritize. Decide what activities are most important to you and what can be delegated.
Pace yourself. Schedule times to rest and take breaks in between activities.
Maintain good nutrition and stay hydrated. A healthy diet is important to feel energized.
Exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but moderate exercise is shown to decrease fatigue.
To read more on understanding and managing cancer-related fatigue, please click here.