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Overcoming Cancer-Related Fatigue

Take the Easy Way Out

Make your daily activities as easy as possible. Sit while you cook. Keep your keys in a handy place so you don't have to hunt for them.  Use a shower chair. Dry yourself by putting on a terry cloth robe instead of using a towel.

Find Ways to Ease Stress

When you're dealing with the stresses of cancer, you must have ways to relax. Gentle physical activity is a good stress reliever. You can also relax by meditating, listening to music, getting together with good friends, or taking a warm bath.

Be Alert to Depression

If you feel overwhelmed by sadness or anxiety, talk to your doctor. Depression occurs in about 1 out of 4 people with cancer. Another hallmark of depression is fatigue. Your doctor may suggest antidepressant medicines and psychotherapy to ease your depression.

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Reviewed on August 13, 2012

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