Tiredness in Treatment and Cancer Fatigue

ocv cancer fatigue

I regularly get asked if it is normal to feel extremely tired whilst undergoing cancer treatment.

Extreme tiredness in cancer care is called cancer fatigue. It is the most commonly reported side effect. Cancer fatigue occurs because while you are on treatment your body is constantly working very hard to heal and rebuild cells. There is evidence to support the role of exercise to counteract the effects of fatigue. Exercise releases chemicals in the body that help you to feel re-energized called endorphines.

If you would like more information about our Exercise Physiology programs or tiredness during treatment, call 1300 300 077 and make an appointment with our Exercise Physiologist or to speak to our nurse.

You can also refer to this Fact Sheet on Cancer Fatigue by The Cancer Council of Victoria.