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How can I fight fatigue due to breast cancer?

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Fight fatigue with exercise. It may seem odd, but exercise can give you more energy even when cancer or your treatment wipes you out. Things like walking, yoga, biking, or swimming can make you feel good and keep you strong.  It can ease side effects and boost your mood. It can also help you live longer and lower your chance of the disease coming back. Light exercise is uaully safe during all breast cancer treatments, but ask your doctor if you're unsure whether to start an activity.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lifestyle changes after breast cancer treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Exercise."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment," "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Fighting Cancer Fatigue."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Journaling your way through cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Lifestyle changes after breast cancer treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Exercise."

National Cancer Institute: "Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment," "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Fighting Cancer Fatigue."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Journaling your way through cancer."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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