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Making some simple changes to your diet and exercise habits may help to reduce the symptoms of fatigue.
Some useful hints:
Our Eating well| section has more information on coping with eating difficulties| caused by cancer or its treatment.
There is good evidence that exercise can actually help to reduce the symptoms of fatigue, so it’s important to try to exercise a little even if you don’t feel like it. It’s best to try to get a good balance between being active, exercising and getting plenty of rest.
Always talk to your cancer specialist or GP before you start to exercise or increase the amount of exercise you take. They can advise you on the type and amount of exercise that’s safe for you to do. It’s also important to discuss any other medical conditions you have, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or lung problems, as these may be affected by exercise.
You might find it helpful to get advice about exercise from a physiotherapist. Your GP or cancer specialist can arrange a referral for you. A physiotherapist can help you to:
The physiotherapist may suggest referring you for a supervised group exercise programme. These groups are run by experienced fitness trainers. Many people find the social side of being in a group enjoyable, and it may also help give you a bit more motivation to exercise.
We have more information about physical activity and cancer| which you may find helpful.
Content last reviewed: 1 February 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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