• Does whole brain radiation cause fatigue?

    Asked by MarktheMan on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Does whole brain radiation cause fatigue?

    I know my nephew who had radiation for another type of cancer got real tired everyday and had to leave work early. He was radiated in the chest, will this be similar, worse? Do you know?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I have a friend that received whole brain radiation for metastatic breast cancer and fatigue was quite an issue for her. Hopefully your side effects will be minimal.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I suspect it would because the body tries to counter act the Radiation. Stay hydrated as this helps the body with all types of treatment especially radiation.

      over 3 years ago
    • LuckyDogs' Avatar

      I had 8 weeks of radiation and 12 months of chemotherapy to treat my grade III astro cytoma and definitely experienced fatigue and confusion during the actual treatment cycle and for several months after it ended. Napping, staying hydrated and writing down and discussing with your treatment team all of the concerns or side effects is important.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lavonne's Avatar

      My sister in law has stage IV metasized colon cancer that went to her brain with 3 tumors that grew very fast in her brain. She had emergency brain surgery followed by 2 weeks of whole brain radiation. Since then she has had major fatigue and her mind and personality are way different. Praying that all changes.

      over 3 years ago
    • RosiePosey's Avatar

      My husband underwent whole brain radiation for metastasized brain tumors from colorectal cancer. It was very fatiguing for him.

      over 2 years ago
    • azsuper's Avatar


      Everyone is different with radiation. But yes it will make you tired.

      over 2 years ago

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