- A Guide to Chemotherapy
- Learning about chemotherapy treatment
- A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Where will I get chemo?
- How will the chemo be given to me?
- What are clinical trials?
- Can I take other medicines while I’m getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during chemo treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- Fatigue from chemo
- Hair loss from chemo
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemo
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Mouth, gum, tongue, and throat problems
- Nerve and muscle problems
- Skin and nail changes
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems
- Weight gain
- Other questions you may have about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemotherapy
- Sex, fertility, and chemo
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
Fatigue from chemo
Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. It can range from mild tiredness to feeling completely wiped out. It’s different from feeling tired after a long day and doesn’t get better with rest or sleep. Fatigue tends to be the worst at the end of a treatment cycle. Like most other side effects, it usually goes away over time after chemo ends.
Things that may help with fatigue:
- Get plenty of rest, and allow time during the day for rest periods.
- Talk with your doctor or nurse about a regular exercise program. Exercise can actually reduce fatigue.
- Eat a well-balanced diet, and drink plenty of liquids.
- Limit your activities. Do only the things that are most important to you.
- Get help when you need it. Ask family, friends, and neighbors to pitch in with things like child care, shopping, housework, or driving. For example, you might ask neighbors to pick up some items for you at the grocery store while doing their own shopping.
- Get up slowly to help prevent dizziness after sitting or lying down.
- Let your doctor know if you are having a hard time sleeping at night.
You can learn more in Fatigue in People With Cancer, which you can read online or call us to have a free copy sent to you.
Last Medical Review: 06/09/2015
Last Revised: 06/09/2015