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What is it?

Fatigue is a condition of tiredness or weakness with a lack of energy. For the cancer patient, fatigue is caused partly because the body needs so much energy to work on healing itself. Additionally, chemotherapy and radiation place more stress on your body. Another contributor to fatigue is not getting enough sleep at night.

Why is it important to minimize the effect of fatigue?

Fatigue can make it harder for you to deal with pain and other side effects of treatment.

What to do:

  1. Sleep more at night.
  2. Take naps during the day.
  3. Save your energy for the activities that are most important to you.
  4. Ask friends and family to help with daily routines such as household chores, shopping, child care and driving.
  5. Eat well, and eat often.
  6. Walk or exercise according to your health care provider’s recommendations.
  7. Allow yourself time to relax and do things you enjoy.