23 May 2003
Exercise is the best intervention to reduce cancer-related fatigue, but psychosocial and stress reduction techniques and treatment for anaemia can also help, according to a review of evidence about the condition and its treatment in adults.
Aerobic exercise, such as cycling or walking on a treadmill, was recommended.
Swedish reviewers suggested online in The Lancet (7 May 2003) that doctors should ask cancer patients if they were experiencing fatigue, because 70 to 100 per cent of people treated for cancer were affected by cancer-related fatigue.
Patients were often reluctant to report fatigue, even though it could be more distressing and disrupting than cancer pain.
Last Reviewed: 26 May 2003