What other support is there to help me cope with fatigue?
There is support available to help you cope with fatigue, so remember that you don’t have to manage alone. Your medical team can offer emotional as well as medical support. And our specialist nurses on our free Support Line have time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions about pancreatic cancer, including fatigue.
You may find it helps to talk to others affected by pancreatic cancer who can understand what you are going through. We have an online discussion forum for anyone affected by pancreatic cancer. And there are support groups around the country where you can meet others.
Our Living with Pancreatic Cancer Support Days provide support in an informal setting for people with pancreatic cancer and their families, including information on coping with symptoms like fatigue.
Family and friends can provide vital emotional and practical help. You may have taken on some caring responsibilities or be helping with household chores, shopping or preparing meals. Or you may be talking to your loved one’s medical team and helping them go to appointments.
It can be difficult when someone you love has fatigue, with no energy for themselves or anyone else. But supporting or caring for them can be physically and emotionally exhausting for you too, so you may also need support to help you both cope.
Read more about the different kinds of support available for you, from carers’ centres to counselling. Our booklet, Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer: Information for families and carers has more information.
“You want to be there for your loved one and tend to their every need and it’s hard work. You don’t realise how hard it is because you just get on with it.”
Finding out more
Finding out more about your cancer and treatment can help you feel more in control. We have up-to-date information on everything you need to know about pancreatic cancer. You can read more online, or download or order our free publications. You can also talk to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line.
Macmillan Cancer Support produce a booklet called Coping with fatigue. It has more tips for coping with fatigue, which you or your family may find helpful.
Published October 2017
To be reviewed October 2019