Hi, I had stage 1 breast cancer , had operation in Jan and then one week of radiotherapy in March ,  some days I’m full of energy and feel great then the next few days I’m so tired it like my body don’t won’t  to anything but sleep , is this normal and how long will it last, I’ve been back in work two weeks x

Hi @Aliberry  

   Your experience sounds a little like the way I felt actually. I had my radiotherapy at the end of March last year and it took until July to get my energy back . Initially I felt fine and then was hit with a wave of fatigue that lasted about 10 days . After that it got slowly better but I kept thinking I was over it then getting an odd day when I just felt exhausted .

I was also adjusting to hormone therapy and trying to support my elderly Dad whose health was deteriorating - these things did not help. More than that it took doing a Moving Forward course to help me mentally process everything and this helped my physical recovery as well . 

I’m sure you will get there ,try to be kind to yourself and I hope that they’re showing you a bit of consideration at work. I found it helpful to lie down for an hour and listen to Headspace on a few of the bad days. 

Hope you feel better soon 

Joanne x 

Hi Aliberry   

Thanks for posting.  

Experiencing fatigue after receiving treatment for breast cancer is very common and can be difficult to cope with.  Like @JoanneN mentioned, many people find that they start to get their energy levels back as time passes after treatment, but for some fatigue can continue for months, or sometimes years.  

Other factors may also contribute to fatigue, such as: the emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis; altered sleep patterns; reduced activity and poor diet.  Keeping a diary to record when you feel most tired can help you plan activities you enjoy in the times when you have more energy. Trying to stay physically active can help and eating a healthy well-balanced diet is also important.    

Going back to work can also affect your level of fatigue. If you haven’t done so already, it might be worth talking to your employer (if you have one) about how you are feeling and seeing if you can adjust your work hours. Here is some further  information about work and cancer which you might find helpful.  

We also suggest you discuss how you are feeling with your treatment team, breast care nurse or GP. As some of the side effects you are experiencing may be due to other conditions such as anaemia, (too few red blood cells in the body) or thyroid problems that might not be related to cancer treatment. 

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