• Which would you say makes you more tired and fatigued, radiation or chemo?

    Asked by CancerChicky on Friday, July 12, 2019

    Which would you say makes you more tired and fatigued, radiation or chemo?

    I am wondering how much more worn out I will get. Does the fatigue keep getting worse through treatments or does it hit a spot and stop?

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    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      For me (Stage IV rectal cancer), it was the IV-infused chemo. My radiation was like a treatment break - 28 daily treatments 5 days a week along with oral chemo.

      But everyone reacts differently. It's hard to predict. Best wishes.

      7 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had chemo years ago and was sick a lot but I don't recall being too fatigued. My last dx I had radiation only. It dragged me down a lot, I had to have a nap every day.

      6 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I had chemo first and I was so sick that they took me off early. We waited about a month so I could heal and then started radiation. Towards the last few weeks, I was taking 3-4 short maps and going to bed at 8 pm. So I will say radiation gave me more fatigue. But everyone is different.

      5 days ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      For me, it's hard to say since my treatment consisted of 20 weeks of chemo, followed by a month's break, and then 4 weeks of hypofractionated radiation. Toward the end of radiation was when fatigue became evident. Since it was a long sequence of treatment, I think it's hard to determine if the fatigue was due solely to the radiation, or to the cumulative effects of both the chemo and radiation.

      I was pretty lucky relative to responding to treatment and experienced few side effects. My oncologist attributed my continuing energy to the fact that I am an avid exerciser, and never missed a walk (several mile a day) or an exercise class (cardio and yoga) throughout treatment. Toward the end, I have to admit that I was pretty much just going through the motions during cardio classes. It took about two months to begin to get my old energy back.

      5 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Radiation had a longer-term impact on my fatigue levels. It went on for a couple of years, really. Fatigue with chemo was more pronounced, but it only lasted a short while after each treatment.

      4 days ago

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