Is exercise effective for the management of cancer-related fatigue in adults?
The review incorporates a diverse range of studies with small numbers in several studies. There is also a considerable degree of clinical heterogeneity between studies in terms of adjuvant therapy, mode and intensity of exercise, and stage and type of cancer.
Fatigue is now recognised as a side effect of cancer and its treatment, affecting 70–100% of cancer patients.¹ In the past, people with cancer were encouraged to rest if they felt fatigued, but physical exercise might be a more appropriate response. Exercise has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing fatigue and improving the exercise tolerance of healthy individuals and individuals with chronic diseases.² 1. Mock V. Cancer 2001;92:1699-1707. 2. Mock V et al. Psychooncology 2005;14:464-477.