Would you like to know how you can assist clients who are dealing with cancer-related fatigue? Simply help them keep moving, with their doctor’s clearance. According to a study published recently in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2008; ), “cancer-related fatigue is now recognized as an important symptom associated with cancer and its treatment.” However, when researchers analyzed 28 studies, which included 2,083 participants, they found that exercise had a beneficial effect on cancer-related fatigue. “A number of studies have been carried out to investigate the effects of exercise both during and after treatment,” stated the study authors. “Results suggest that physical exercise can help to reduce fatigue both during and after treatment . . .” The authors of the review noted that further “research is required to determine the optimal type, intensity and timing of an exercise intervention.”
Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.