How might fatigue affect me?

Fatigue affects people with pancreatic cancer in different ways.

Some people may have fatigue which has a big impact on them. For other people, it may have less impact. You may also have good days when you feel less tired.

You may have no energy and feel weak, and find it difficult to do the things you used to enjoy. Even the smallest things may make you feel worn out. It can be difficult to tell in advance when you will feel tired. Even after sleeping, you may still feel tired.

Fatigue can limit everyday activities, like working or household tasks. Fatigue can also affect your relationships with friends and family. Some people may feel guilty if they can’t play such a big part in family life. It can be hard to explain to other people how you feel and how fatigue affects you.

Some people have problems concentrating or remembering things. It can be very frustrating not being able to do things you have always done.

People often find fatigue upsetting. It can be difficult to cope with, and may make you feel down.

People sometimes worry that fatigue is a sign that the cancer is getting worse, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Although people with advanced cancer that has spread may start to get more fatigue, people who had early cancer also often have fatigue.

"The best advice she was given was to always listen to her body. And if she was overdoing it she should stop.”

Questions about fatigue?

It is important that you speak to your doctor or nurse if you have fatigue or are struggling, especially if you are feeling low or down.

You can also speak to our specialist nurses on our free Support Line if you have any questions or concerns about fatigue.

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PCUK Specialist Nurse, Dianne Dobson, taking a Support Line call on the phone

Updated October 2022

To be reviewed October 2025