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Living with Cancer-Related Fatigue

No matter the type of cancer, there are some common experiences when it comes to symptoms of cancer and side effects of treatment. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects that people have to cope with across our oncology communities. For many, adjusting to life with chronic fatigue can be difficult because it can require drastic changes to your daily routine or feeling like you can’t participate in activities you once loved. Some find that keeping a positive attitude and finding new ways to stay physically and mentally active are helpful in coping with their fatigue.

Tips for managing cancer-related fatigue

  • Stay active when possible
  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Speak up to your doctor
  • Rest when needed

Read more about tips for managing cancer-related fatigue.

Learn more about cancer-related fatigue

Learn more about how others with blood cancer, and other cancer diagnoses, manage their cancer-related fatigue and help others by sharing your story below.

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  • Ann Harper moderator
    9 months ago

    Fatigue hit me hard after surgery, but once I healed I got better. I am always slightly tired, but I press on with my daily life. I guess we have to.

  • bluchs
    9 months ago

    Your team here at, are spot on.
    I love this web site, the video, although short, is wonderful.
    Fatigue? Wow! You think.
    It is maybe the worst part of having cancer.
    There is so much, I still want to do, but I just can not.
    I worked 10 to 12 hours a day, for over 40 years.
    I never called in sick to work a day in my life, Not Ever.
    I only slept about 7 hours a day, and I was always trying to stay active!
    I thought, sleeping, or just sitting around was wasting my life, so I was always busy.
    Now, I watch, my son doing the same thing, always working, never taking time to enjoy life, but he says he is happy?
    I can hardly walk across the room sometimes, it sucks.
    When I go shopping, I now go to someplace, like Wal-Mart, only because, they have bench’s, all over, so if I need to sit down, I can?
    I get up at 6AM, but I am in bed again at 5PM.
    And I am exhausted, from doing nothing?
    I am glad to still be here, I really am, although, I get very depressed and discouraged.
    Is there a light, at the end of this tunnel, we are in???
    Or is this, as good as it gets?????
    I wish I knew.
    But I am glad I found this place.
    I really am.

  • Jim Smith moderator
    9 months ago

    I’m glad you found the site too. Please keep writing/commenting. We get as much or more from you as you do from us.

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