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This is the second part of a wellness series for cancer survivors regarding the management of cancer-related fatigue.
As I mentioned last week, cancer-related fatigue is much different than everyday fatigue. Healthy habits can make a big difference in the way you feel. This week, let's talk about nutrition and weight management.
As you focus on nutrition and energy for your body, it's important to remember that good nutrition isn't complicated. Keep it simple:
A nutritious diet featuring fresh foods will help you manage fatigue.
When receiving chemotherapy or other therapies (anti-hormonal drugs, steroids, etc.) for cancer treatment, you may gain weight. Exercise can decrease this side effect.
Chemotherapy may also cause weight loss (due to lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting). If you're currently receiving cancer treatment, keep your focus on eating what tastes good and is healthy; don’t worry about being on a special weight loss diet.
Moderate exercise during treatment can help to increase your appetite and decrease nausea.
To maintain a healthy weight after treatment, keep these things in mind:
Exercise not only helps with weight loss, but also decreases your risk of other serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and bone and joint problems.
Share what has worked for you. How have you incorporated healthy nutrition and exercise habits into your daily routine?
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I am 74 and have CLL--after chemo it is in remission. My main issue is fatigue--very difficult for a lifetime of being a "doer." I have learned that when the body says fatigue lay down, which is often, I should (90% of the time) exercise, get active, visit with friends, etc. The quality of the fatigue with cancer, as you indicate, is very different
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