Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common and most difficult side-effects of cancer and its treatments. In fact, more than 70% of patients with cancer complain of fatigue, making it a common and challenging symptom. There are a number of reasons why you may have fatigue, but research shows that exercise can help decrease fatigue in cancer patients.
Penn Therapy & Fitness therapists can provide rehabilitation services to manage conditions related cancer-related fatigue including (but not limited to):
- Decreased endurance
- Inability to concentrate
- Low energy levels
- Whole body tiredness
By becoming more active, you can also begin to recondition your body and regain some of the strength that cancer treatment often takes away. At Penn Therapy & Fitness, our therapists work with your physician to create a customized treatment plan including an individualized exercise and reconditioning program that can help reduce fatigue, increase activity and increase well-being in collaboration with your doctors.
Your Penn Therapy & Fitness therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that’s right for you, including:
- A home exercise program
- An individualized assessment of strength, balance, endurance, and fatigue
- An individualized exercise program based on the results of the initial assessment
- A supervised exercise program where vital signs are monitored
- Education on energy conservation techniques
Penn Therapy & Fitness programs can help improve your overall endurance and muscle tone, improve your respiratory capacity, and reduce the effects of cancer-related fatigue. One of our physical therapists will perform a comprehensive assessment and develop a personalized exercise program to meet your individual needs.
Our cancer related fatigue services are available at the following Penn Therapy & Fitness locations: