Fatigue may occur as a result of radiation therapy. You can control the effects of fatigue by modifying your daily activities. The following suggestions can help:
- Work slowly and rest before you begin to feel tired.
- Take short rest periods. A 15-20 minute rest every 1/2 hour is better than one long nap.
- Sit for as many activities as possible.
- Plan for some exercise everyday. Even a 5-minute walk will help you to relieve fatigue.
- If you spend most of your time in bed or a chair, ask the doctor or therapist for exercises you can do sitting or lying down.
- Eat a high protein, high calorie diet. (Ask for our written suggestion handout).
- Drink 8 cups of water or juice a day.
- Keep a record to determine the relationship between fatigue and your treatments. You may be able to predict when you are most tired. For example, some patients feel the most fatigue 1-2 hours after treatment. Plan your lightest activities for this time.