Cancer Related Fatigue

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is one of the complications to treatment of breast cancer that is most distressing to patients.  There are many factors that contribute to developing CRF.  In general, the physiologic and immunologic systems and affective components are thought to contribute to CRF.

Exercise, while difficult to initiate when feeling fatigued, has been shown to reduce CRF.  There are numerous benefits to generalized exercise.  Exercise is especially important for women being treated for breast cancer given the adverse association of obesity and breast cancer.  Recurrence of cancer and mortality from breast cancer are associated with obesity so exercising as a component to a weight control/loss program is important.