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Cancer: Home Treatment for Fatigue - Things you can do

Emotional wellness

Fatigue from cancer treatment is often the hardest part of treatment for most people. It may affect your sense of well-being. Many people who have fatigue with cancer treatments report feeling anxious or depressed. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you are having a problem with these kinds of feelings. Your doctor may be able to help. There also are some things you can do at home to feel better.

  • Take time for yourself to do the things that you enjoy, such as listening to music, spending time with friends, or having a massage. Spend time in ways that restore you, such sitting by a garden or a park.
  • Deal with emotional problems instead of ignoring or denying them. This may mean talking to your doctor, a friend, or a counselor.
  • Talk with other people who have had cancer. Your local American Cancer Society chapter can help you find a support group.

Watch for symptoms during home treatment

If one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your doctor:

  • New symptoms develop along with the weakness and fatigue.
  • Depression or anxiety becomes a problem.
  • Symptoms of weakness or fatigue increase despite home treatment.
  • Symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of home treatment.
  • Symptoms become more severe or more frequent.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 30, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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