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Managing Fatigue

At the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do. Talk to one of our dedicated healthcare professionals about managing symptoms that may be caused by cancer or your treatment.

Fatigue

Fatigue is the most common symptom experienced by cancer patients and is best described as feeling tired. Fatigue can be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, emotional distress, pain, nausea, anemia and other side effects from treatment or cancer. 

Fatigue can be mild, preventing you from doing strenuous activities. Or it can be severe enough to interfere with your day-to-day activities. It is important to know what your limits are and to plan ahead as much as possible. Your friends, family and caregivers can help, but the greatest impact can be made by finding ways to cope with fatigue.

If you are concerned that you or a family member are not coping well with fatigue, we encourage you to speak with a member of your healthcare team who can help you make appropriate choices about your care. We will also assist you and your family access resources in your community and coordinate care where necessary.

"Too Tired" Fatigue Education Sessions

“Too Tired” sessions are held once a month for patients who want more information on how to manage their fatigue. You do not need to be in active cancer treatment to attend the sessions. Please call to register for the session.

In Saskatoon, Too Tired sessions will be held:
Dates: Second Tuesday of the Month
Time: 1:15-2:45 pm
Location: Saskatoon Cancer Patient Lodge, 1036 College Drive (two-hour street parking is available).
Call 306-242-6375 to register

In Regina, Too Tired sessions will be held:
Dates: Last Tuesday of the Month
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Allan Blair Cancer Centre, Level 2, 4101 Dewdney Avenue
Call 306-359-1499 to register

Dates and times will also listed on the monthly support services calendar. If you are unable to attend a session, you can call to request an information package be mailed to you.

Additional resources

Materials about managing fatigue - both during and after cancer treatment - are available in the resource centre at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre. More information is also available through the links below:

- Cancer and Fatigue Video Series: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​People with cancer often have fatigue. It is the most common symptom. It is not like normal fatigue. Cancer-related fatigue does not get better with rest or sleep. There are things that can help cancer-related fatigue. These videos will give you helpful tips to live well despite having cancer-related fatigue. This video series was created by patients and cancer experts.
   Booklet 
   Videos (Introduction, Modules, Conclusion)

- Cancer-related Fatigue 101: An article by Dr. Jeff Myers of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto

- Managing Cancer-related Fatigue: A booklet produced by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Cancer Patient Education Network

- Cancer-Related Fatigue: A video by Dr. Mike Evans, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital

 

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