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Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatment. For some, fatigue is caused by a specific medication. For others, it may be due to anemia, lack of sleep, poor nutrition or the treatment itself.
If you find yourself so tired and drained that it interferes with your ability to live your life, talk to your care team. Your care team will likely ask if you have any of these symptoms:
The fatigue that comes with cancer is different than everyday fatigue. It lasts longer and it doesn’t go away with rest. It causes a lot of distress.
While there is no way to know whether you’ll have cancer-related fatigue or when it will end, there are ways to lessen fatigue so that life can be more normal. Here’s what you can do:
Cancer fatigue is real and very difficult, but you don’t have to endure it. There are a variety of ways to manage cancer-related fatigue. Your doctor and the rest of your care team can help you find strategies that will work best for you and your family.
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