Episode 16

Ep 14. Patricia Sheehan: Cancer-related fatigue & cancer rehabilitation in Ireland.


July 17th, 2017

1 hr 1 min 22 secs

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About this Episode

Patricia is a PhD researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland. Patricia is finishing up her dissertation, where she looked at a physical activity program to improve symptoms of cancer-related fatigue.


In this episode, we focus on cancer-related fatigue, what it is, how it’s different from regular tiredness and how it can affect different people. We chat about Patrica’s dissertation work and how physical activity can improve fatigue. We also chat about the state of cancer rehabilitation in Ireland and what services are out there for cancer patients/survivors.


You can find Patricia on twitter @FERNTRI or through email at [email protected]


You can also find the MedEx program in Waterford here: https://www.wit.ie/schools/health_sciences/medexwit.


Find me on twitter at @CiaranFairman or go to reachbeyondcancer.com to find out more about what we do.


This episode doesn’t have an intro, I came down with a devastating case of the man-flu over the weekend, so I’m not able to speak to put one up. This episode is sponsored by Lampstrong.com. The LampStrong Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Major League Soccer Goalkeeper and Stage Four Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor Matt Lampson. The mission of The LampStrong Foundation is to provide difference-making financial, emotional and motivational support to cancer patients and families in all the stages of cancer treatment and recovery as well as to fund proven cancer researchers. For more information and regular updates on the LampStrong Foundation follow the LampStrong Foundation on Facebook or visit LampStrong.com.




1.00 – What is Cancer Related Fatigue, what are the symptoms, how long does it last, what causes it etc.


5.00 – Where should exercise advice for cancer patients/survivors come from?


7.00 – Different dimensions of cancer-related fatigue, whether its emotional, cognitive or physical fatigue, and how those patterns fluctuate during treatment.


11.29 – The transition from active treatment to survivorship and how patients/survivors can feel lost and isolated.


15.35 – Patricia’s study looking at physical activity and cancer-related fatigue.


28.45 – Fit and active cancer patients – dealing with exercise tolerance going down.


36.00 – Turning her research into a public service program at Waterford Institute of Technology.


44.00 – State of cancer rehab in Ireland. Where the field is and what is available for patients/survivors.


51.00 – The influence of policy on establishing exercise oncology as a standard of care.