Fatigue
by Moving For Life Blog on June 1st, 2012

The medical community is paying more attention to improving life after cancer.

One recent study found that," fatigue, sexual dysfunction and sleep issues..." were the most common issues reported by thsoe living beyond cancer. As mentoined in a Wall Street Journal article (see below) "It used to be a feat to simply survive with breast cancer. Now, as more breast-cancer patients survive for many more years, their quality of life is of growing concern.”
Safe aerobic exercise programs, like Moving For Life's classes, have been shown to imrpove quility of life by positively reducing cancer symptoms like fatigue and sleep issues.

Below is a brief summary of a survey of 1,043 breast-cancer patients conducted by the Cancer Support Community with funding from Susan Komen for the Cure.

"Nearly 90% of respondents said they had at least one physical, psychological or social problem that was moderate to severe. Mentioned most frequently were fatigue, sexual dysfunction and sleep issues. What's more, 24% of those surveyed (almost all women, with an average age of 55 and averaging 5.6 years since diagnosis) reported being depressed—about twice the national rate. It used to be a feat to simply survive with breast cancer. Now, as more breast-cancer patients survive for many more years, their quality of life is of growing concern. The survey also highlighted the need to give survivors better guidance for the years ahead. Only 10% of respondents had received a "survivorship care plan" summarizing what past tests and treatments they had, what side effects to expect, what lifestyle changes to make and where to obtain follow-up care—even though 96% said they wanted one. " (The New Front on Breast Cancer:  After Treatment Ends, Wall Street Journal, October 2011. This article came through the Share website)


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