Is excessive fatigue a sign of cancer?
It's not the tired feeling people remember having before they had cancer. For some people, this kind of fatigue causes more distress than pain, nausea, vomiting, or depression. Cancer-related fatigue is worse than everyday fatigue.
The cancer itself. Fatigue can be one of the first symptoms of cancer. It could be because there is cancer in the bone marrow and that slows down the production of red blood cells, causing anaemia. A cancer that affects your hormone levels could cause fatigue.
- Other factors that may contribute to cancer-related fatigue include:
- Tumor-induced hypermetabolic state.
- Decreased nutrition from the side effects of treatments (such as nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, taste changes, heartburn, or diarrhea) can cause fatigue.
- Cancers such as colon cancer and stomach cancer can cause anemia through blood loss in the bowels, likewise leading to anemia and fatigue. The metabolic processes of tumors can also contribute to fatigue. Cancer cells are aggressively competing with normal cells for nourishment.
- Below are the 7 most curable cancers with strong 5-year survival rates.
- Cervical Cancer. 5-Year Survival Rate: About 100 percent.
- Breast Cancer (Early stages of 0 and 1) 5-Year Survival Rate: 100 Percent.
- Testicular Cancer.
- Prostate Cancer.
- Thyroid (Depends on tissue type)
- Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Updated: 17th October 2019