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Cancer Related Fatigue

What is cancer related fatigue?

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a lack of energy and a feeling of exhaustion. CRF prevents a person from doing their usual daily tasks. CRF is not reduced by sleep or rest. CRF can be experienced before cancer treatment begins, while going through cancer treatment, and can remain for years after cancer treatment is finished.

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. It is experienced by 80% of people with cancer. CRF is a lack of energy and a feeling of exhaustion. It prevents a person from doing their usual daily tasks, and is not reduced by sleep or rest. CRF can be experienced before cancer treatment begins, while going through cancer treatment, and can remain for years after cancer treatment is finished. What causes cancer related fatigue? The exact cause of CRF is not known. CRF is believed to be the result of cancer and cancer treatments.

What causes cancer related fatigue?

The exact cause of CRF is not known. CRF is believed to be the result of cancer and cancer treatments.

How is cancer related fatigue treated?

A person experiencing CRF first needs to speak to their doctor about their fatigue. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Exercise has been proven to reduce CRF. Exercising regularly improves a person’s

  • Mood
  • Energy level
  • Quality of life
  • Ability to complete daily tasks

Physical therapy and continued exercise are offered at UHS.

Physical therapy and cancer related fatigue

A physical therapist (PT) is skilled in providing an individualized exercise plan. Through the guidance of a PT each patient is shown:

  • A personalized exercise program
  • Education on conserving energy and correct body mechanics

How can you see a physical therapist?

A prescription is needed from your doctor for physical therapy for cancer related fatigue. To make an appointment, call one of the UHS Physical Therapy sites listed on back.

UHS HOPE Program

(Helping Oncology Patients Exercise)

  • 12 week personalized exercise program designed by an Exercise Physiologist to combat the effects of cancer related fatigue.
  • Designed to be a next step after therapy services.
  • The program is open to all cancer patients upon referral from their Physician.
  • Click here for more information on the HOPE Program

UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Hours

Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Insurance
UHS accepts most insurance plans. Please check your policy for additional information.

Mission
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