Fatigue is the most common side effect of chemotherapy and results from having cancer and receiving cancer treatments. Episodes of fatigue may increase or decrease throughout your treatment cycles. Although there is no way to eliminate fatigue, there are a few strategies to cope with its presence
- Use better times to stay as active as possible.
- Don’t lie in bed more than you must.
- Balance activity with rest periods.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule.
- Power naps may help if kept to 30 minutes.
- Do not sleep or nap after dinner.
- Exercise using large muscle groups such as walking, cycling or swimming.
- Never exercise so hard that you become short of breath.
- Keep well hydrated; strive to drink two liters of fluids per day (all non-caffeinated beverages count toward the daily total).
- Eat a diet high in protein, fruits and vegetables and low in refined sugars (junk food).
Rest when the fatigue is worst.
If unable to do daily tasks, please call The Regional Cancer Center at (800) 477-6647.