How to Improve Cancer-Related Fatigue Using Exercise: Expert Perspectives

June 21, 2023
Brielle Gregory Collins, ASCO staff

Cancer-related fatigue is a common symptom of cancer and its treatment. Unlike regular tiredness, cancer-related fatigue can remain even if you are getting enough quality sleep. While cancer-related fatigue can impact your daily life, there are many ways to help manage it, including through exercise.

In this podcast, Anna Roshal, MD, talks with Tarah Ballinger, MD, and Danielle Halsey, MS, EP-C, about what people with cancer should know about cancer-related fatigue, including what causes it and how exercise can help improve it.

  • How can cancer and its treatment cause fatigue? [1:46]

  • How is cancer-related fatigue different from regular tiredness? [4:28]

  • How can exercise help improve cancer-related fatigue? [6:03]

  • What kinds of exercise can help improve cancer-related fatigue? [8:30]

  • Where can people find resources around exercising during cancer? [10:13]

  • What is an exercise physiologist, and how can they help during cancer? [17:06]

  • Who can benefit most from exercise to help manage cancer-related fatigue? [21:45]

  • In addition to exercise, what else can help people manage cancer-related fatigue? [25:49]

Dr. Roshal is a medical oncologist and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ballinger is a medical oncologist, an assistant professor of clinical medicine, and the Vera Bradley Foundation Scholar in Breast Cancer Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Ms. Halsey is the lead exercise physiologist at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Roshal, Dr. Ballinger, and Ms. Halsey have no relationships relevant to this content to disclose.

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