Tiredness

Feeling tired and not having your usual ‘get up and go’ is the most common side effect of chemotherapy.

Suddenly, you might just feel like rubbish, and be unable to shake it without getting some rest.

Even after treatment ends, tiredness may continue to drag you down.

It is frustrating to have to do normal things at a slower pace than usual, but try to be patient and allow yourself the time you need.

Ways to cope with tiredness

  • Eat well and drink plenty of fluids – it’s vital to maintain your energy levels.
  • Don’t do more than you feel you can. Save your energy as much as possible.
  • Try to do some light exercise.
  • Take little naps as often as possible.
  • Let other people help you. There’s nothing wrong with accepting help … and you might as well take advantage while they’re offering!