Extreme fatigue after radiation and chemo ended

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Extreme fatigue after radiation and chemo ended

by Linnea on Sun May 17, 2015 02:53 AM

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Hello My dad is having extreme fatigue. His radiation and chemo treatment ended almost 4 weeks ago and he is still sleeping all the time. Could this be the medicines and maybe incorrect dosing? Will this go away? Thank you for your thoughts. Linnea

RE: Extreme fatigue after radiation and chemo ended

by AmberOctober on Sun May 17, 2015 05:55 PM

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I am off all medications and three weeks after radiation. If I could, I'd be in bed all day. I am so tired all the time, I fill on coffee just to stay awake. I start thinking this will never end, to b honest.

RE: Extreme fatigue after radiation and chemo ended

by SarahGrey on Sun May 17, 2015 09:38 PM

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Hi Linnea,

I'm sorry...  actually, it can just be everything.  The tumor(s) - if they're still there or if he's even just recovering after having them removed - they can cause excessive fatigue.  The medicines can definitely cause it - sometimes the fatigue lessens as the person gets a bit more used to them.  If not, the neuro-oncologist may adjust the doses if possible.  (antiseizure meds definitely add to fatigue).  And the radiation can definitely cause it as well - especially whole brain radiation.  Radiation builds up and lasts a bit so the effects linger even after treatment.  

Wishing you all the best.  Please always inform your dad's NO about anything that's going on and always ask if you have any questions.

Take care,

Sarah

RE: Extreme fatigue after radiation and chemo ended

by rmp1399 on Sun May 17, 2015 11:08 PM

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My mom was the same way for a while after radiation. She started to force herself to walk at least little bit everyday (even if it's up and down the driveway one time starting out) and that helped with the fatigue very much.
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