Fatigue


People with cancer may feel tired during and after treatment. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery and other treatments may cause patients to have less energy. An infection, fever, poor nutrition, decreased activity, depression and stress can also cause fatigue.

Being tired can impact work, concentration and participation in family or social activities. Even after cancer treatment ends, it may be a while before patients feel strong again. The following tips can help conserve energy.

  • Prioritize activities
  • Delegate things that are less important
  • Take short rests as needed
  • Walk or exercise
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat frequent,small,nutritious meals for more energy.
  • Ask about medicines to help with fatigue

The Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital addresses the needs of patients who are experiencing symptoms like fatigue and loss of physical function.

Learn more about the Cancer Rehabilitation Program at the Abramson Cancer Center and at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Learn more about fatigue during cancer treatment on OncoLink.

Cancer Related Fatigue: Feeling Better Again [PDF]