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Cancer and fatigue: Video series

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​One of the most common cancer symptoms is fatigue, which means feeling extremely tired and having no energy. Cancer-related fatigue is not like normal fatigue it does not get better with rest or sleep, but there are things that can help. This video series will give you helpful tips to live with cancer-related fatigue. It was created by patients and cancer experts.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction (7:46)

An introduction to the 2 cancer survivors you will get to know in this series and some background on cancer-related fatigue.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Module 1: Find support and be patient (7:46)

Ed and Sandi’s stories highlight the importance of finding support and being patient when managing cancer-related fatigue. A social worker gives tips to help you find the support you need.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Module 2: Pace yourself (8:02)

Ed and Sandi’s stories highlight the importance of pacing, planning and prioritizing when dealing with cancer-related fatigue. An occupational therapist gives tips for how to pace yourself and create routines to live well with cancer-related fatigue.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Module 3: Managing your stress (9:46)

Ed and Sandi’s stories highlight how stress can add to cancer-related fatigue and what you can do to lower stress levels.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Module 4: Be active (4:06)

Ed and Sandi’s stories highlight that physical activity is important when dealing with cancer-related fatigue. A physical activity and cancer researcher gives tips and tools for building your energy.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Module 5: Eating well (8:32)

Ed and Sandi’s stories highlight how good nutrition can help improve cancer-related fatigue. A registered dietitian shares tips for eating a balanced diet to improve cancer-related fatigue.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conclusion (5:44)

​Ideas for how to talk to your healthcare team about your cancer-related fatigue and when to get urgent medical help. Ed and Sandi talk about how they feel now living with cancer-related fatigue.

Current as of: July 12, 2023

Author: Cancer Care Alberta, Alberta Health Services