Cancer Related Fatigue
Cancer related fatigue is different than just feeling tired, which usually improves after a break or nap. It is technically defined as “a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, and/or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment not ameliorated by rest or sleep.”
CRF is the most common side effect experienced by those going through cancer treatment, affecting 9 in 10 people. Causes are related to cancer itself, underlying co-morbidities such as blood sugar abnormalities, hormone or metabolic imbalances, ongoing stress, nutritional status, anemia, and toxic treatment. Unfortunately, after treatment has ended people can experience CRF for months and often years if not addressed.
It manifests as overall weakness, shortness of breath, loss of muscle mass, poor memory/difficulty thinking, and feelings of depression or lack of motivation.
CRF is conventionally treated with steroids, stimulants, or antidepressants, and if these don’t work or cause worse problems downstream then patients are usually told there is nothing else that can be done.
Fortunately, in our practice we see a dramatic relief of this symptom in most every person we work with since our focus is on discovering and addressing each person’s unique underlying milieu that promotes its appearance and persistence.
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