Cancer Fatigue: So Tired by Treatment

Fatigue can linger much longer than other recovery milestones.

John Perkins was gobsmacked by fatigue. Treated for prostate cancer through last November, Perkins, 69, was eager to resume his long daily walks through the woods, fields and streams of his hometown, Geneseo, New York, with his dog – a poodle named Gracie – always by his side. But although the mind was willing, the body wasn’t able.

Perkins, an accountant, underwent surgery last April, followed by a three-month course of radiation – through which he pushed himself to keep trudging along. He didn’t require chemotherapy but received a drug called Lupron, used to treat prostate cancer.

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