Since you've recently been referred for radiation therapy to treat your breast cancer, ask your radiation oncologist these questions at your next visit.
1. Do you recommend radiation therapy to treat my cancer?
2. What are the benefits of radiation therapy?
3. What types of radiation therapy would I be a candidate for?
4. How many treatments are involved and how long does each session last?
5. Where will I go for my appointments?
6. What precautions should I take while on treatment?
Fatigue is a daily lack of energy or whole-body tiredness that doesn’t go away, even with good sleep. It can keep you from doing normal, daily things, and it affects your quality of life. Sometimes it's "acute," meaning it lasts a month or less. In other cases it's "chronic" and lasts up to 6 months or longer. Usually, it comes on suddenly, and may continue after you're done with your treatment.
Here are some possible reasons for it, along with tips to help you get some of your energy back.
Causes of Cancer-Related Fatigue
The disease itself can be the problem. Tumor cells steal calories and nutrients from normal cells, and that leads to tiredness that won't seem to let up.