It is common to feel very tired and lacking energy during or after treatment for ovarian cancer. Fatigue for people with cancer is different from tiredness as it doesn’t always go away with rest or sleep.

Most women who have chemotherapy start treatment before they have had time to fully recover from their operation. Fatigue may continue for a while after chemotherapy has finished, but it is likely to gradually improve over time. For some women, it may take up to 1–2 years to feel well again.

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Tips for managing fatigue

  • Plan your day. Set small manageable goals and rest before you get too tired.
  • Ask for and accept offers of help with tasks such as cleaning and shopping.
  • Eat nutritious food to keep your energy levels up. It may help to see a dietitian.
  • Regular light exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue. Even a walk around the block can help.
  • Talk to your doctor about the amount and type of exercise suitable for you or ask for a referral to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist.

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This information was last reviewed in April 2018
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