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Fatigue

Feeling tired and lacking in energy are common symptoms in all cancers. Sometimes there are easily treatable causes such as anaemia which can be detected by a blood test.

Sometimes fatigue is related to the effort of breathing (please click here for Self-help Techniques section for advice).

Cancer-related fatigue sometimes improves with attention to nutrition as many patients experience loss of appetite – please click here for Loss of Appetite and Weight Loss Section.

In some cases a trial of steroids is appropriate. Learning to slow down and pace activities and making life easier by the use of aids and appliances in the home or practical adjustments such as bringing a bed downstairs may help to conserve some energy. There is currently a great deal of research into this problem.