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I have had my second cycle of chemo for breast cancer and I am feeling very tired all the time I only have to do a small job and am worn out , I would like to go out but don't seem to be abl to walk very far could you give me some advise plea lucky3

Josie - Macmillan
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Hi Lucky3,

Thank you for getting in touch with us. When you are on chemotherapy you can get an overwhelming tiredness called fatigue. Sometimes fatigue can get confused with tiredness. We all get tired which is normally resolved with a good night’s sleep. Fatigue is a daily lack of energy not relieved by sleep. It can have an overpowering negative impact on a person’s ability to function and quality of life.

The extent of the fatigue can vary from person to person. The best way to treat fatigue is to try and organize your day, schedule rest and pace yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself. The way you feel is normal. I hope the rest of your chemo goes well.

Sometimes, it can help to talk to one of our nurses on our Support Line about what is happening. If you think that would be helpful to do you can call us on 0808-808-0000. Our lines are open Monday to Friday 8am till 8pm.

I hope this is helpful. Please do get back in touch if we can be of any more help.

Best wishes


Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist.