Cancer Related Fatigue


Fatigue is a common symptom of cancer and its treatments. It can cause an overwhelming lack of energy and exhaustion arising from mental, physical or emotional exertion. It is not usually improved by sleep. Research shows that most cancer sufferers describe fatigue as one of the most distressing and disabling issues that they have to deal with. It can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities such as cooking, gardening or going to work. Your memory and concentration may also be affected and you may experience anxiety, low mood and sleep disturbance. This can result in a loss of interest in socialising with family and friends. Caring Hands


Our experienced clinicians will listen to your concerns and teach you new techniques and strategies. These will minimise the impact that cancer-related fatigue is having on your daily life.

Physical effects of fatigue

  • Difficulty with daily tasks
  • Needing to rest more
  • Feeling breathless after minimal exertion
  • Feeling dizzy or light headed

How we can help

We will assist you to pace, plan and prioritise your activities, facilitating a slow increase of your tolerance to activity. We will help you to integrate gentle exercise into your daily routine counteracting your fatigue & low energy levels.

Cognitive effects of fatigue

  • Inability to concentrate, read a book, watch TV or use a computer
  • Having trouble thinking, word finding or making decisions
  • Memory problems

How we can help

We will provide strategies to enable you to plan your activities and simplify tasks, therefore using less energy. We will advise you on techniques to improve your memory, for both maintaining and recalling information.

Emotional effects of fatigue

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Feeling moody and emotional
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tearfulness
  • Irritability

How we can help

We will help to alleviate unwanted emotional feelings by teaching you how to challenge negative thoughts. We will teach techniques to enable quality sleep, by rst exploring bedtime routines and sleep patterns.