Fatigue is an extreme feeling of tiredness or exhaustion, and is one of the most commonly reported symptoms of cancer and its treatments. Between 80% and 100% of people with cancer report having fatigue, and approximately one-third of cancer survivors report that fatigue can last months or even years after treatment ends. How much fatigue you have, and how long it lasts, may be related to your type of cancer, what treatments you are getting, and your general health.
To help you manage cancer-related fatigue symptoms, the Zakim Center has developed a "toolkit" of short educational and self-guided videos. Here you'll find self-acupressure, music therapy, meditation, exercises, and more. The techniques employed in these videos may help alleviate symptoms, but remember, it's important to speak with your oncology team to report any concerns and create a treatment plan that works for you.
In this 6-minute video, Nancy Campbell, MS, explains the traffic light system – a way to gauge your energy levels and move your body when you might be experiencing cancer-related fatigue.
Self-Acupressure for Cancer-Related Fatigue
In this 4-minute video, Dongyan Yu, MB, MS, LicAc, demonstrates simple and self-guided acupressure techniques that may help improve cancer-related fatigue. Although more research is needed, acupressure has demonstrated a short-term effectiveness in alleviating cancer-related fatigue, particularly for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Qigong, Tai Chi, & Meditation For Fatigue
In this 13-minute video, Ramel Rones, Tai Chi Master, demonstrates Mind-Body techniques from the Eastern health and martial arts philosophies, such as Qigong (Chi Kung), Tai Chi, and Meditation, that may help relieve cancer-related fatigue symptoms.
A Walking Meditation to Help Combat Fatigue
In this 22-minute meditation, Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, guides you in awakening your senses by meditating in motion. When feeling fatigued, especially due to cancer treatment, a Walking Meditation may help boost energy levels and improve mood; it can be practiced outdoors or indoors, wherever there is space to walk.
Body Percussion to Fight Fatigue
In this 7-minute video, Heather Woods, MA, MT-BC, leads you through an upbeat and interactive Body Percussion exercise to help fight cancer-related fatigue and boost your mood! Active music-making and drumming have been shown to have a positive impact on wellbeing and are a fun way to relax and connect with your body.