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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11. Juli 2022
Hyperthermie kann als zusätzliche Therapie bei Krebs angewendet werden.
  
06. April 2022
Bei Chemo- oder Strahlentherapie leiden oft die Finger- und Fußnägel, daher ist eine intensive Pflege besonders wichtig.
  
06. April 2022
Viele Patient*innen leiden nach oder während einer Chemo- oder Strahlentherapie an kardiologischen Problemen.
  
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.
  

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.

“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.

In order to treat the lack of blood (anaemia), either red blood cells are administered to the body in a transfusion or the body’s own production of red blood cells is stimulated with hormones. Both methods lead to a quick multiplication of oxygen in the blood and, for this reason, to an increase of a person’s energy and productivity.

If the fatigue is caused by muscle weaknesses, a systematic exercise programme can be used for therapy. Endurance sports like jogging, swimming and cycling are effective means of exercise for fatigue patients.