Fatigue After Cancer

Fatigue is a common issue cancer survivors face even several years after completion of treatment. It can have big impact on physical and mental health, family life, and financial well-being. Fatigue can be caused by side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation, difficulty sleeping, pain, feelings of depression or anxiety, not meeting nutritional needs, and loss of muscle mass. It is important that you discuss symptoms of fatigue with your healthcare providers so that treatable and reversible causes like anemia, hypothyroidism, depression, insomnia can be managed. Regular physical exercise such walking, cycling, swimming, along with strength training has shown to help with fatigue and improve energy levels. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any physical activity. Yoga, acupuncture, massage, and relaxation therapies may be also beneficial in managing fatigue.

Resources

Virginia Mason Rehabilitation and Wellness Program — (206) 223-6746

Cancer Pathways

Cancer.Net on Fatigue