Emotional support if you have fatigue

Dealing with fatigue all the time can be very difficult. Some people find it can affect their feelings. If you are finding it difficult to cope, it can help to talk to someone close to you, such as a family member or friend. Or you may prefer to talk to someone in your healthcare team.

Counsellors

If you feel anxious or depressed, you may find counselling helpful. Counsellors are trained to listen. They can help you deal with difficult emotions.

Many hospitals have counsellors or staff who are specially trained to provide emotional support to people affected by cancer. Your cancer doctor or specialist nurse can tell you what services are available. They can also refer you. Some GPs also have counsellors in their practice, or they can refer you to one.

If you would like to find out more about counselling, our cancer support specialists can tell you more about services in your area. Not all counselling services are available on the NHS.

Support groups

Some people find it helps to talk to other people with fatigue. You may find talking to other people at the hospital helpful, or you could join a local support group.

Most areas in the UK have cancer support groups. They are sometimes led by a healthcare professional. Other members of the group may be in a similar position to you. Some support groups have counsellors.

Some people find groups helpful and make close relationships with other members. But if you try a group and it is not right for you, you do not have to go back.

It can be frustrating not to have the energy to do something that I would love to do. I concentrate on what I can do rather than what I can’t.

Carol

Online support

Many people get support on the internet. Online support groups for people affected by cancer include:

  • social networking sites
  • forums
  • chat rooms
  • blogs.

You can use these to share your experience. You can also ask questions, and get and give advice based on your experience. Our Online Community is a social networking site where you can talk to people, write blogs, make friends and join support groups.

Back to Tiredness (fatigue)

What is fatigue?

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

What causes fatigue?

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

Living with fatigue

Planning ahead can help if you have fatigue. There are things you can do to make everyday life easier.