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Here are some signs of fatigue that you and your family can watch for. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

  • You feel tired and it doesn’t get better, it keeps coming back, or it becomes severe.
  • You’re more tired than usual during or after an activity.
  • You’re feeling tired and it’s not related to an activity.
  • Your tiredness does not get better with rest or sleep.
  • You sleep more.
  • You become confused.
  • You can’t concentrate or focus your thoughts.
  • You have no energy.
  • You stay in bed for more than 24 hours.
  • Your tiredness disrupts your work, social life, or daily routine.
  • You have no desire to do the things you normally do.
  • You feel sad, depressed, or irritable.

Fatigue can lead to distress. It can interfere with your daily activities and keep you from doing the things you need and want to do. Fatigue can make you unable to take care of yourself, affect your will to do things, and sometimes make you feel like you can’t continue your cancer treatment. Work with your health care team to find and treat the causes of your fatigue.

Last Medical Review: 10/09/2014
Last Revised: 10/22/2014