Managing Your Fatigue Through Occupational Therapy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:27pm
Occupational Therapy, RPCI

Occupational therapists (OT) are part of the rehabilitation team at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and we focus on assisting patients with optimizing their functional independence. As an OT at Roswell Park, I regularly work with patients who are experiencing cancer-related fatigue. The exact cause of cancer-related fatigue is unknown, however certain factors and treatments are associated with it including chemotherapy, radiation, blood and bone marrow transplants, pain, and anemia.

Here at Roswell Park, we have developed a multidisciplinary approach to addressing cancer-related fatigue. We currently offer a monthly seminar where patients hear from individuals who work in Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, and Psychosocial Oncology. During this seminar, we share strategies to help you cope with your fatigue.

The OT portion of the fatigue program stresses the importance of staying as active as possible, maintaining good nutrition, planning and prioritizing your day, the use of energy conservation techniques, regular exercise, and maintaining healthy sleep patterns.

It is important to try and stay as active as possible while keeping in mind that you must listen to your body. Rest is important, but you need to get moving again. We also encourage patients to stay involved, as much as possible, in activities they enjoy. These activities can help with stress reduction and improve your sense of well-being.

For more information regarding our monthly seminar, The Multidisciplinary Approach to Cancer-Related Fatigue, please call 1-877-ASK RPCI (1-877-275-7724).