Are you feeling like your batteries have gone flat? Cancer fatigue is the feeling of tiredness and lack of energy cancer patients and survivors feel during and after treatment. Fatigue can come on at any time and may not disappear with rest. Sufferers feel weak, weary, drowsy, exhausted and sometimes have sore limbs and are out of breath. The fatigue can be frustrating as it can impact on a patient’s ability to work, socialise and even function day to day.
It is a good idea to set small, manageable goals and plan your day to include rest times. We have included in our Kit for Cancer case a journal to keep a record of your energy levels to see if part of the day is better than others. You will then know when is the best time to go out or get a few jobs done around the house.
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