During treatment (and for a while afterwards) you may have less energy than usual. Tiredness often builds up as the treatment goes on. It usually gets better when treatment ends, but it can take a few months for your energy levels to recover.
Sometimes your doctor can treat whatever is causing your tiredness, such as a low number of red cells in your blood (anaemia). So it is important to tell your doctor if you are feeling tired.
If you feel tired, get plenty of rest. Try to pace yourself and don’t do too much. It is also important to try to do some gentle exercise, like short walks. Being active increases your energy levels and helps keep up your muscle strength.
There may be days during a cycle of chemotherapy when you feel very tired and other days you have more energy. You may have more energy to do things you enjoy on the days before your next cycle of treatment is due to start.
If you feel able to go out with your friends, there is no reason why you can’t. But be careful to avoid crowded places on the days you are at more risk of getting an infection. Your nurse can tell you about this.
Let your friends know that you might have to cancel plans at short notice if you are not up to it. You can ask them to keep in touch through social media or texts so you don’t feel left out.
If you are studying, you may need to take time away from school, college or university. Talk to your doctor or chemotherapy nurse about this. Your school or college may be able to send you work, so you can carry on studying whilst you are at home or in hospital.