Home Care Management of Fatigue

Fatigue is when a person does not have enough energy to do things they normally do.  Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer therapy.  Fatigue related to cancer therapy can be sudden and very overwhelming.  It is not always relieved by rest.  Fatigue can last for months after treatment ends, but generally improves over time.

Homecare Instructions

  • Prioritize daily schedule
  • Space out activities in order to preserve energy
  • Perform regular exercise
  • Set realistic expectations and limits
  • Postpone nonessential activities
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes protein (meat, eggs, cheese and legumes)
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day
  • You may receive massage or healing touch with physician approval
  • Create activity goals that are realistic and manageable
  • Do the following to help make sleeping easier;
    • Limit caffeine and alcohol intake
    • Take short naps during the day, if needed, with activity in between
    • Maintain regular time for bed time


Report the Following Problems

  • Feeling tired even after sleeping
  • Trouble thinking or concentrating
  • Trouble finding words and speaking
  • Recurring inability to perform activities of daily (i.e. bathing, walking, etc.)
  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Lack of energy that seems to be getting worse
  • Feeling out of breath or a racing heart when sitting still or after activity