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Transcript: "Fatigue and Cancer Treatment"

A number of individuals, after treatment ends, find that even though they may be told that they are free of disease, that they are not really free of the illness experience.

Many of our survivors tell us that they have a variety of symptoms or problems that persist even after the treatment ends. Pain is one. Fatigue is another. Problems with intimacy is a third. Lymphedema or swelling is yet another kind of problem.

For dealing with the fatigue, there are a number of helpful things that an individual can engage in. One of these is to know that the fatigue that's following cancer treatments is not the kind of fatigue that you have when you've worked really hard or you've exercised a lot. It doesn't respond to just taking more sleep if you like. Naps, however, might be helpful, and getting some regular exercise also might benefit you if you're having trouble with fatigue.

Talking to your physician is always important to find out: Are there other things that could be contributing, perhaps medications you are taking or other conditions that you might have that may be making the fatigue worse?

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