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By NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health
Some days, there just isn’t enough time to accomplish everything we have on our ‘to-do’ list. During the holidays, our list of tasks is even longer, filled with decorating, shopping, dinners with friends and wrapping presents for our loved ones.
It can be easy to feel tired, stressed or burned out by the time the big man in the red suit arrives. For cancer patients, the feeling of fatigue is entirely different.
As one of the most common cancer-related symptoms, people with cancer describe fatigue as feeling weak, listless, drained or washed out. Some may even feel too tired to eat, walk to the bathroom or even use the TV remote.
Other signs of cancer-related fatigue include:
Cancer-related fatigue can be caused by numerous factors, including anemia, cancer treatment, the cancer itself and depression.
How can you reduce fatigue and boost your energy throughout the holiday season? Try these tips:
Talk to your doctor if your fatigue gets worse, persists or interferes with your ability to accomplish everyday tasks. Also keep in mind the true reason for the season – spending quality time with the ones we love.
Cancer is a journey that no one expects to take. The cancer experts at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center will partner with you every step of the way. Learn more.