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Help patients manage cancer fatigue

Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Susan

Cancer survivor Susan experienced fatigue.

We've revised our Fatigue and Cancer fact sheet to incorporate the latest evidence for fatigue management as reviewed by a panel of expert clinicians and consumers. It's also been reviewed by a plain English consultant to simplify the language of current, evidence-based information. 

The fact sheet contains information, tips and resources for managing fatigue after a cancer diagnosis. It's free to order and can be used during discussions with patients and carers at any time before, during and after treatment.

Updates in the revised edition include:

  • General tips and management strategies
  • Information about sleep and cancer
  • The importance of exercise in managing fatigue
  • Time frames and the ongoing impact of fatigue
  • Questions to ask the health care team

Susan, a cancer survivor and Cancer Council volunteer, helped to review the fact sheet and spoke to us about the importance of providing clear information about cancer fatigue to patients.

"I had severe fatigue during chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and I thought all I had to do was get through the treatment and I would be fine. I had a great multidisciplinary team helping me and I embraced the treatment very positively. However, I didn’t realise how huge an impact the treatment would have on my body. I had to face my reality without an awareness beforehand of how hard it was going to be afterwards.” 

Download fact sheet

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