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Is fatigue a common side effect of colorectal cancer?

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Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common side effects of colorectal cancer and its treatment. It is not predictable by tumor type, treatment, or stage of illness. Usually, it comes on suddenly, does not result from activity or exertion, and is not relieved by rest or sleep. It is often described as "paralyzing" and may continue even after treatment is complete. In addition to fatigue, weight loss and decreased appetite are common in people being treated for colorectal cancer.

From: Colorectal Cancer and Fatigue WebMD Medical Reference

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August 2008. 

''Impact of Cancer-related Fatigue on the Lives of Patients: New Findings from the Fatigue Coalition,'' 2000 (http://www.TheOncologist.com/cgi/content/full/5/5/353). TheOncologist,

American Cancer Society.

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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August 2008. 

''Impact of Cancer-related Fatigue on the Lives of Patients: New Findings from the Fatigue Coalition,'' 2000 (http://www.TheOncologist.com/cgi/content/full/5/5/353). TheOncologist,

American Cancer Society.

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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