What is fatigue (tiredness)
Fatigue can be described as having total body tiredness or exhaustion all or most of the time. It is a tiredness that is not helped by rest and can affect someone emotionally and psychologically as well as physically.
Fatigue can be caused by the treatments we offer men with prostate cancer such as Hormone therapy, Radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
How do you know if you have fatigue?
- Do you feel tired despite getting plenty of sleep?
- Do you lack energy?
- Are you not enjoying or partaking in hobbies because you’re tired?
- Are you struggling to cope with returning to work?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you may be struggling with fatigue.
Research into managing fatigue suggest that exercise, changes in diet, psychological support and complimentary therapies may reduce cancer related fatigue in men with prostate cancer.
For more information about fatigue, please click here for Macmillian Cancer Support “Coping with Fatigue” booklet and Prostate Cancer UK booklet;
For access to psychological support and complementary therapies through the Mustard Tree, please click here
The Fatigue Support Telephone Programme offered by Prostate Cancer UK
Fatigue support is a telephone programme which includes 4 appointments with a Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurse. You will have 4 calls over a period of around 10 weeks with an assigned nurse. Each call will last between 30-45 minutes. The Specialist Nurse will discuss your fatigue and how you have been feeling to try and help you find solutions, and better manage your tiredness. Follow link to request a free fatigue assessment with Prostate Cancer UK.