Information for affected and their familiy
 
Fatgue

Links

American Cancer Society:
www.cancer.org

Cancer Help UK:
www.cancerhelp.org.uk

Cancer Supportive Care Programs:
www.cancersupportivecare.com

Deutsche Fatigue Gesellschaft:
www.deutsche-fatigue-gesellschaft.de

Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft e. V.:
www.krebsgesellschaft.de

Deutsche Krebshilfe e. V.:
www.krebshilfe.de

Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis:
www.cfids-cab.org

Krebsinformationsdienst:
www.krebsinformationsdienst.de

Regina Rose:
www.naturheilpraxis-rose.de

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16. April 2021
Bedingt durch die Krebstherapie kann es zu Nebenwirkungen wie Übelkeit oder Erbrechen kommen. Medikamente und Anpassungen im Lebensstil können helfen.
  
09. April 2021
Nach einer Krebstherapie kann es weiterhin zu gesundheitlichen oder psychischen Problemen kommen. Man spricht in diesem Fall von Spätfolgen.
  
07. April 2021
Die Sächsische Krebsgesellschaft setzt sich seit 1990 für die Belange von Krebspatienten und ihren Angehörigen ein.
  
21. September 2020
2020 feierte die Niedersächsische Krebsgesellschaft ihr 70-jähriges Bestehen. Die Krebsgesellschafft bietet Betroffenen u. a. eine psychoonkologische Beratung an.
  
23. Juli 2020
Für eine Partnerschaft ist es wichtig, schon ab dem Zeitpunkt der Diagnose offen miteinander über Gefühle und Empfindungen zu reden.
  

“Fatigue” is the French word for tiredness or exhaustion and is also being called languidness or lassitude. It designates an exhaustion symptom which occurs with chronic diseases. As it is perceived by the patient and not visually noticeable to others it is a symptom opposed to a medical sign and primarily used in connection with cancer. It describes a feeling of sustained tiredness and listlessness that has an impact on the daily life of the concerned persons. In despite of sufficient sleep the patient feels weak, exhausted and overstrained.

Fatigue appears as a symptom of several diseases. It is mostly mentioned in the context of cancer. Other diseases which cause fatigue are autoimmune diseases, chronic infections and mental disorders. Besides the physical impact of these diseases the often long-term and exhausting therapeutic measures are responsible for the genesis of fatigue.

The cause of fatigue is being seen as a combination of multiple facts and therefore develops for different reasons. The treatment of an illness can cause changes of the metabolism, the hormone level and brain functions.

It is often difficult to distinct fatigue from general tiredness and exhaustion. A general gradation of tiredness does not exist. The judgement of the patient and the surrounding’s observation are the most significant criteria for a firm diagnosis.

A comprehensive conversation between patient and doctor is essential for the diagnosis of fatigue. Due to the fact that all patients react differently to the symptoms of chronic diseases and the therapeutic measures that are prescribed to cure them, most patients do not identify the exhaustion as a treatable symptom but as a necessary side affect to deal with.