Fatigue can be a challenging side effect of brain tumours. If you have a brain tumour you may be wondering about how you can navigate this side effect.
This factsheet from UK organisation The Brain Tumour Charity provides information and practical suggestions for coping with the emotional and physical aspects of fatigue caused by brain tumours.
To open the factsheet explains:
“Fatigue is often described as a persistent feeling of being tired, weak, worn out, slow or heavy. It is a common symptom for people with all types and grades of brain tumour.
Cancer-related fatigue is often talked about, but less acknowledged is that people with low grade (‘benign’/‘non-cancerous’) brain tumours also often experience fatigue. Many people say that it is one of the most disruptive side-effects they experience.”
It also answers some other common questions including:
- What is tumour-related fatigue?
- What are the differences between benign and malignant tumours?
- What are the symptoms?
- Why am I getting it? (Some examples are the tumour itself; your treatment such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and medication; cognitive effects of brain tumours; seizures; stress, anxiety and depression; diet, dehydration; pain; and cytokines.
- How can I cope with this side effect? (Some examples are prioritising, pacing and planning)
- How can I explain it to others?
The factsheet also offers some extra reading including: Coping with fatigue via Macmillan Cancer Support. You can order it online for free at: bit.ly/MacmillanCopingWithFatigue.
About The Brain Tumour Charity
The Brain Tumour Charity is a UK-based charity dedicated to funding research, raising awareness of brain tumours, reducing diagnosis times and providing support and information for people with a brain tumours, their families and friends.