Fatigue (symptom of pancreatic cancer)

Pancreatic Cancer Action
Patient Information Booklets

Control the symptoms of pancreatic cancer

This booklet covers the different procedures used to control pancreatic cancer symptoms with practical information about your hospital visit and returning home. Includes a section about second opinions, clinical trials and questions to ask your doctor and a glossary to explain some of the terms used.

Fatigue is not just tiredness. it is a level of tiredness where you feel as though you cannot do things that you normally do.

Fatigue can feel disabling and reduce your quality of life. It can be due to the cancer itself or the side effect of a treatment or may be due to depression.

Getting as active as you can, even when it feels like the last thing you want to do, will boost your energy levels. Moving around a little may give you more energy and help to stimulate your appetite.

There may be a treatable cause such as anaemia. If your fatigue is due to depression you should recognise that this is not an inevitable part of your disease and to see your GP to discuss treatment.

It is important to tell your doctor about fatigue.