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Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Will Radiation Make Me Tired?

Everyone has a different level of energy, so radiation affects each person differently. Many people feel fatigued after several weeks of treatment. Most often, this is a mild feeling of being tired. But some people feel more fatigued and need to change their daily routines.

If your doctor thinks you should limit your activities, he or she will discuss it with you.

To preserve your energy during radiation treatments:

  • Get enough rest.
  • Eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Pace your activities, and plan frequent rest periods.

Who Can I Talk to About My Treatments?

Your doctor can answer questions about side effects, the goals of your treatment, and how the cancer is responding to radiation.

A hospital social worker can discuss your feelings about cancer, family concerns, financial issues, and other aspects of your personal situation. You may also get help with housing or transportation.

Great support and practical tips can come from talking with other people with cancer. Ask your doctor or social worker how to find good support groups near you or online.

What Happens After Radiation Therapy?

You'll see your doctor for follow-up exams and X-rays. Your doctor will tell you how often to come in.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Angela Jain on April 15, 2014

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