Side effects related to a persistent feeling of physical, emotional, or mental tiredness or exhaustion. This type of fatigue is different than other types of fatigue because it interferes with a person’s usual functioning, does not reflect their level of activity, and does not improve with rest.
reduced interested in daily activities, hobbies, social relationships, mood, emotions, job performance; reduced feeling of well-being, sense of joy, attitude toward the future or ability to undergo treatment; lack of energy and motivation; lack of desire to sleep; weary; tired; exhausted; malaise; listless; lack of energy; feeling run down.
The following health professionals can help with Fatigue side effects. Follow the links below to learn more.
Acupuncture Therapists are people skilled in the practice of acupuncture, which is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques.
There is evidence for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for the management of cancer-related fatigue in patients with cancer.
Cancer Exercise Therapist main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about exercise.
Cancer-related fatigue interventions with strong evidence include; physical training, cognitive-behavioural training, relaxation techniques, psychoeducation and patient education.
Dieticians advise individuals on nutrition-related matters and can modify diets to treat or help manage chronic conditions, food allergies and food intolerances.
A dietitian can help ensure you’re getting enough calories, protein, fluids & other nutrients to maintain your energy levels. Many patients with cancer lose weight & are unable to eat normally due to treatment-related side effects such as nausea, vomiting, & poor appetite which can worsen fatigue.
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals, who specialise in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
Shortly after completion of cancer treatment, both high and low to medium intensity exercises are safe and effective in reducing general and physical fatigue.
Naturopaths provide a complimentary medicine, by employing a wide array of “”natural”” treatments, including herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle counselling.
Following vitamin C administration there were dramatic decreases in chemotherapy-related fatigue and other symptoms, as well as increased functioning and overall health.
Nutritionists main role is to help people achieve optimal health by providing information and advice about health and food choices.
Nutritional counselling can improve nutritional intake and reduce fatigue.
Occupational Therapists are the “”quality of life”” experts who can help get you back to living your life and engaging successfully in treasured daily activities. We can be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, hospice units, and home care. Our approach is client centered to help you identify meaningful goals and provision of the interventions that will help get you there. In most cases, occupational therapy is covered by private insurers as well as Medicaid or Medicare.
Planning daily tasks and specialized equipment can manage fatigue levels.
Oncology Massage Therapists are nationally and internationally recognised.
Current evidence demonstrates that massage is a useful intervention in alleviating fatigue in both cancer in-patients and out-patients.
Physiotherapists are health care professionals concerned with human function, movement and maximising potential. A physiotherapist aims to improve physical activity, confidence, well-being and quality of life by improving physical and functional independence, refining movement, offering support and restoring a measure of control. They are comprehensively skilled to analyse, promote, maintain and restore the needs of the whole person.
Physical therapy decreases cancer-related fatigue and improves general health and quality of life in breast cancer survivors.
Pilates Instructors teach and coach groups or individuals in the fitness program referred to as Pilates. An instructor helps his students use Pilates to promote overall health, improve muscle tone and strength, and achieve better posture. Typically, Pilates instructors know hundreds of different exercises and can teach them to a general group or modify them to fit the needs of particular types of students. These instructors may even work with students as they recover from injuries or struggle with chronic health problems.
Core stability exercises reduce fatigue after treatment intervention and 6 months after discharge.
Psychologist can help people who are having difficulty coping with their diagnosis of cancer and its treatment. They can help people with behavioural issues and feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression and teach strategies to improve your ability to cope.
Cognitive behavioural therapy and intensive, disease-specific education are valuable interventions for helping manage cancer-related fatigue in men with prostate cancer.
Yoga Instructors teach a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation.
Yoga intervention led to significant improvements in fatigue and vigour among breast cancer survivors with persistent fatigue symptoms.