Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) is the most common side effect of cancer treatment and affects nearly 70% of all cancer patients.
CRF means more than simple tiredness. It is a daily lack of energy, an unusual or excessive whole-body exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep. It can be acute, lasting a month or less, or chronic, lasting from one month to six months or longer. Even if other aspects of a patient’s cancer treatments are going well, CRF can still prevent normal daily function and significantly impact quality of life.
CRF can be a common side-effect of cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and bone marrow transplantation. In some cases, the condition may continue even after a patient’s cancer treatments are complete.
Physical therapy and exercise are the only recognized evidence-based treatments for CRF. Research has proven that exercise is safe and beneficial during chemotherapy and radiation, and is safe and helpful for patients with advanced disease, in palliative care or near end of life.
The Rochester Regional Physical & Occupational Therapy team and the Lipson Cancer Institute have collaboratively developed a treatment program for CRF, in which skilled physical and occupational therapists use a holistic approach to help counteract some of the effects of this condition.
Guided by these experienced Rochester Regional therapists, you will follow a personalized exercise regimen that helps relieve CRF symptoms – increasing your strength, mobility and endurance, while improving balance and energy conservation. Patients in the Cancer-Related Fatigue therapy program enjoy the benefits of improved daily functioning, including the enhanced ability to perform self-care and leisure activities.
Your Rochester Regional therapist will work with you to develop an appropriate exercise program for your level of functioning, and carefully monitor your sessions to ensure that each workout is a safe and successful one, and adjust your program as needed over time based on your progress.
If you or a loved one has CRF, this program can help restore the sense of health, energy, and well-being that may be missing.If you are experiencing symptoms of CRF, talk with your oncologist about whether a referral to Rochester Regional Physical and Occupational Therapy for Cancer-Related Fatigue therapy might be right for you.