Fatigue is by far the most common symptom experienced by blood cancer patients prior to diagnosis. According to our 2018 patient survey, 56% of leukaemia patients experienced fatigue before being diagnosed. 67% of patients will suffer from fatigue as a symptom after diagnosis, either as a side effect of treatment or due to a progression of the leukaemia.
The fatigue that comes with cancer is known as cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and it is characterised by extreme or persistent exhaustion that disrupts your daily activities and function. People who have CRF have no energy and find it extremely difficult to complete even the simple, everyday tasks that others take for granted.
We have created a guide to recognise the difference between everyday fatigue and cancer-related fatigue. The guide can be found on the Leukaemia Care website here.