Fatigue

Many people with cancer say that fatigue is the symptom that has most impact on them—more than half of all patients receiving chemotherapy report feeling fatigue at some time. It is unclear why fatigue is increased during chemotherapy, but it is believed that there is an increase in the levels of chemicals (cytokines) that cells use to communicate - there seems to be a link between these cytokines and fatigue.

If you are anaemic, the best treatment for fatigue is a blood transfusion to increased your haemoglobin.

Other remedies which may combat fatigue include

  • Exercise which can increase your energy levels and help you to feel better about yourself and your condition. Walking for 15 minutes each day is all it takes

  • Refrain from caffeine or large amounts of fluids before going to bed

  • Encourage sleep promotion– warm, relaxed, dark room to encourage sleep

  • Stay in routine - get out of bed at the same time each day. Try to continue with some activity throughout your day. If needed, you can have a lay down in the afternoon for 40 mins to 1 hour, but always get up and be active again.

  • Ensure you are free from pain