Cancer: Home Treatment for Fatigue - Things you can do
There also is some evidence that complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, muscle relaxation, massage, and healing touch reduce fatigue. The same is true for individual and group psychotherapy.2
If your doctor says you may exercise, you can begin to build your strength, energy, and fitness. Even moderate walking has been shown to improve body image, increase physical strength, and reduce anxiety and depression.1
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.
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.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your
- New symptoms develop along with the weakness
- Depression or anxiety becomes a
- Symptoms of weakness or fatigue increase despite home
- Symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of home treatment.
become more severe or more frequent.