Exercise more effective than medication in treating cancer fatigue


Recent research released and published in ‘JAMA Oncology’ studied four most commonly recommended treatments for cancer-related-fatigue; exercise, psychological, the combination of exercise and psychological, and pharmaceutical.

The results found that exercise (in combination with psychological treatments) reduces cancer-related fatigue during and after cancer treatment. In contrast, pharmaceutical interventions do not improve cancer-related fatigue to the same extent, and clinicians should prescribe exercise as a first-line treatment for cancer-related fatigue. This research puts exercise at the forefront of patient management in relation to cancer related fatigue as opposed to standard pharmacological pathways.

Exercising during chemotherapy can help ease side effects, such as fatigue and nausea, and can help to boost the immune system of those undergoing cancer treatments. Chemotherapy side effects can sometimes make exercising tough, but it’s recommended to try to be as active as possible during treatment. It is essential for exercise programs to be individualised to your treatment status, functional capacity, physical limitations, exercise history and preferences. Accredited Exercise Physiologists can play an integral role in any patient’s recovery.

To make an appointment with one of our Accredited Exercise Physiology team to discuss cancer and exercise program options, and if they are right for you, feel free to book online, email reception@aspirefitnessrehab.com.au or call 07 3310 4969