Fatigue during Cancer Therapy
Fatigue is also caused by
- low red blood cell counts
- anti-nausea drugs and pain medication
- mineral imbalances caused by diarrhoea, excessive sweating or vomiting
- Emotional distress and disturbed sleep
All children are unique, as are their responses to cancer treatment. Some experience constant and debilitating fatigue while others complete chemotherapy without being troubled by fatigue at all. Many children become more tired as treatment progresses.
Good nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements, lifestyle changes and emotional support can boost energy, helping children enjoy life during and after treatment.