Not surprising, given all the demands on the time of oncologists and their medical teams, but still no excuse given one page hand-outs on ‘what you can do’ would help address this gap. In my case, at one time, a nice woman would hand out pedometers on the hematology ward to help encourage walking. More can and should be done to point the way for people; of course, in the end, cancer patients need to have the willpower to follow these instructions. Quote:
Regular physical activity, such as walking with a pedometer, has been shown to ease fatigue. Learning stress reduction and coping techniques can help patients alter daily habits and increase restfulness. However, only one-tenth of patients said their oncology teams instructed them to become more active or try other non-medication-related fatigue-reducing measures. More than 35 percent of patients had been offered sleep-enhancing medication, even though drugs have been shown to be the least effective approach.