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How does breast cancer and chemotherapy cause fatigue?

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When you have breast cancer, tumor cells steal calories and nutrients from normal cells, which leads to tiredness that won't seem to let up. Treatments, including chemotherapy, can cause fatigue as well. Any chemotherapy drug can cause fatigue. It lasts for a few days in some people, while others say they have it throughout treatment -- or even afterward.

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National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2019

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CDC.

National Cancer Institute.

Breastcancer.org.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2019

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