Researchers attempting to demystify cancer-related fatigue

Fatigue caused by cancer and it’s treatments categorically is no mystery to anyone who lived or lives through the ravaging effects of non targeted whole body chemotherapy. Mitochondria run the energy centers of our cells and chemo damages all of our cells and halts or shows their regeneration. And depending on the type of cell it is: blood, skin, squamous, brain, the longer our body needs to produce a new cell. And the more complex its function is in the human body the more energy and time it needs to become part of our systems again.

Flirting my biology degree peeking from under my petticoat, it makes sense even to the layperson, that the attention paid to fatigue caused by chemotherapy and by cancer itself, as with constipation, mandutirially be addressed earlier in the treatment protocol. Cancer-related fatigue effects +/- 50% of breast cancer patients receiving chemo, and from the time we receive it for another five to 10 years. I suppose it’s a wonder I’m awake and writing but my fatigue and bouts of insomnia exterminated my circadian rhythms with DDT. I exaggerate but you get the point, so read on for an expert or two from Singapore – yep all the way in the Far East – where researchers finally attempt to answer some questions for us, the weary, and our medical teams.

Breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often experience severe and persistent tiredness. In a recent study, a team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed a novel approach to identify the onset of this common side effect and objectively follow its development. Currently, cancer-related fatigue is mainly self-reported by patients, and there […]

via Researchers demystify cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients — Tech Explorist


Female. East coast transplant living in the Bay Area of California. Living with Stage IV breast cancer. Married to the coolest guy in the universe who occasionally suffers from serious depression. Love my stepsons, although I never thought I'd have that thankless job - ever! And my best friend Simon is also my cat. How I have survived with stage IV: treatments including chemo and surgery; palliative oncology; tenacity; a dark sense of humor; support groups; and my newly reinvented career as a vintage and antiques maven. Some days I miss the old me who led a well respected and well paid life as a business strategist in high tech. So much for that. I blog to simply share my experiences and my poetic approach with others who have cancer of any kind or with their care givers and those who love them. If one person at the very least finds a little commonality or a friend out in the ether tor a smile, a common nod about this experience, or even a link to assistance, then I have accomplished a small but extraordinarily meaningful goal. Go team.

2 thoughts on “Researchers attempting to demystify cancer-related fatigue

  1. And then there’s the additional fatigue caused by radiation. That became noticeable to me after 4 of 6 weeks of treatment. It increased dramatically after ending treatment. I was fortunate that about 8 months later it limproved tremendously. I say ‘fortunate’ because my health care team said it could last 2 months-2 years!

    1. The relativity factors of fortune or having a fortunate response to a treatment protocol certainly varies person to person. It feels so ridiculously selfish and against my adult training to work all day and come home and work there, too, that to think about laying down mid day repulsed me in the beginning. I don’t know about radiation because my gut said “nope.” And my gut was correct since the palliative oncologist I used to see wanted to zap my pain with it. I said well if you won’t get the insurers to pay for a much needed PET scan why would I endure radiation therapy that will probably fatigue me anyway and if it doesn’t work we are back to other treatments.

      Some things just, well, are. I’m glad you came by to bring your perspective regarding radiation. I’d read and heard of the associated fatigue. But no. We aren’t “lucky” when a side effect trails off sooner than expected. We would be lucky if we hadn’t needed the things causing it in the first place.

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