Everyone has experienced being tired, but
usually this feeling goes away after a good night's sleep. Fatigue is an
excessive feeling of tiredness that may not be relieved by extra amounts of
sleep or rest. It may be related to cancer spread or it can be a side effect of
treatment. Fatigue may lead to difficulty in performing everyday tasks, even
simple self-care tasks such as bathing and eating.
If you are feeling fatigued, it is
important to talk to your doctor because it is often treatable and
Causes of fatigue:
Depression or anxiety
especially when multiple treatments are used
Medications used to treat side
effects such as nausea, pain, depression, and anxiety
The loss of lung function
due to the disease
Treatment side effects that affect nutrition (e.g., nausea, vomiting, mouth sores,
taste changes, heartburn, and diarrhea)
Trying to maintain a
normal daily routine. Sometimes changes can help conserve energy
Practical tips to prevent and manage
regularly, as approved by your doctor.
your energy by planning tasks ahead, spacing tasks out over time, and
asking for help.
treatment for depression, pain, problems sleeping, or other conditions
that may be adding to your fatigue.
sure you are eating enough food (especially protein!) and drinking lots of
an activities journal and note your energy and fatigue levels at different
times of day and with different activities. Finding patterns may help you
to plan your day to minimize those activities that fatigue you the most.
plenty of rest, but don't overdo it; short periods of rest are best.
for help with tasks when you need it.