Why is managing fatigue important?
Fatigue can affect your quality of life, keeping you not only from recreational activities you enjoy but also from working or providing care for children, elders, pets, or others in your life. Fatigue can keep you from taking care of your own basic needs, such as preparing meals, overseeing your well-being, and paying bills. It can also interfere with your ability to socialize with the people you need for support, isolating you when you most need help and companionship.
In extreme cases, fatigue may cause a person with cancer to stop treatment. Managing fatigue may allow you to complete treatment to achieve its full benefits.
Connections to body terrain
Preliminary evidencesignificant effects in small or poorly designed clinical studies OR conflicting results in adequate studies but a preponderance of evidence of an effect (this is the CancerChoices definition; other researchers and studies may define this differently) of lower immune function among women with breast cancer with higher fatigue or depression and lower social support
Connections to symptoms and side effects
Modest evidencesignificant effects in at least three small but well-designed randomized controlled trials (RCTs), or one or more well-designed, mid-sized clinical studies of reasonably good quality (RCTs or observational studies), or several small studies aggregated into a meta-analysis (this is the CancerChoices definition; other researchers and studies may define this differently) of a link between pain and fatigue among people with cancer