Fatigue / Dyspnea

Fatigue / Dyspnea is a common side effect of cancer treatment.


  • The only proven intervention for benign fatigue is exercise. Usually improves with time; if it persists longer than 6 months post treatment, other causes such as those listed below should be ruled out

More serious cancer or cancer treatment related causes can include:

  • Thromboembolic events
  • Recurrence of the disease
  • Changes in heart function related to anthracycline chemotherapeutic agents and / or Herceptin
  • Refer the patient back to the cancer program for management of these issues