What is cancer fatigue?

Fatigue means tiredness and lack of energy. For people with cancer, this can be severe and last a long time. Cancer or its treatment can cause fatigue.

Symptoms of fatigue

Cancer fatigue symptoms are very general and other things can cause them too. But always tell your doctor about anything new or unusual you feel.

Causes of fatigue

A number of things can cause fatigue in people with cancer. This includes the cancer itself and the type of treatment you might have.

How doctors assess fatigue

Before you are treated for fatigue, your doctor will need to ask some questions about how you feel and the treatment you are having.

Treating cancer fatigue

There are lots of ways to manage fatigue and the symptoms you might have. It is important to tell your doctor if you think you may have fatigue.

Research into cancer fatigue

Many people with cancer say fatigue is one of the symptoms that impacts them most. Researchers are investigating what causes fatigue and how to treat it.

Resources and support

There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with symptoms and side effects caused by cancer and its treatment.

Last reviewed: 
05 May 2016

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