Side effects and symptoms

Tiredness (fatigue)

The term often used for extreme tiredness is fatigue. Look at our information on managing tiredness through relaxation and other techniques.

Coping with fatigue

Coping with fatigue

Denton describes how he coped with fatigue (tiredness) during his treatment for prostate cancer.

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Denton describes how he coped with fatigue (tiredness) during his treatment for prostate cancer.

About our cancer information videos

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    What is fatigue?

    Fatigue is feeling very tired most, or all, of the time. It is a very common problem for people with cancer.

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    What causes fatigue?

    The cause of cancer-related-fatigue (CRF) is not fully understood. There are thought to be many reasons for it.

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    Fatigue and the psychological effects of cancer

    The emotional effects of cancer, such as anxiety or depression, can contribute to fatigue.

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    Tips for a better night's sleep

    Good-quality sleep is very important when you are tired. There are things you can do to help improve the quality of your sleep.

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    Managing your fatigue

    Making some simple changes to your diet and exercise routine and learning how to relax may help you to manage symptoms of fatigue.

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    Managing day-to-day life with fatigue

    Planning ahead can help if you have fatigue. Organising your everyday activities may make things easier.

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    Managing work if you have fatigue

    Speak to your employer or HR department about changes you may be able to make at work to help you cope with fatigue.

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    Support if you have fatigue

    There is support available if you have fatigue. You might find it helps to talk to a counsellor or join a support group.

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    Talking to your doctor or nurse about fatigue

    It’s important to talk to your doctor or nurse about how fatigue is affecting you and your life.

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    Looking after someone with fatigue

    If you are looking after someone with fatigue, there are some things you can do to help them and yourself.