feeling lethargic

hi i finished my last chemo on 21st September

I am feeling really lethargic and not good at all, no energy, look awful, eyes streaming.

Is this all normal I thought I would be feeling better by now as i was lucky during treatment and did not have too many side effects

how long does it take for your body to get back to normal after chemo?  Start radiotherapy next week for 4 weeks

  • Hi APRILLEE,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us.

    It’s natural to worry about the side effects that you’re having from your chemo and to question how long they can last for.

    Chemotherapy can affect your immune system and even although you finished your chemo almost 4 weeks ago your healthy blood cells may still be low. It’s not unusual for them to take longer to recover the more treatments that you have.

    As you’re saying that you don’t feel good at all, we would suggest that you give your chemo unit a call today and let them know how you’re feeling. They may want to check your bloods to make sure you’re okay.

    It’s common for people with cancer to feel lethargic (fatigued) after treatment has finished. It can go on for weeks, months or even years after you finish treatment. This is called chronic fatigue, which means long lasting. But, most people get back to their normal energy levels from between 6 months to a year after the end of cancer treatment. But it can take longer.

    Best wishes and take care.

    I hope all goes well with your radiotherapy and you start to feel better soon.

    Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.

    Ellen-Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse