Prostate Cancer

Lack of energy

Many men with prostate cancer feel tired from time to time. One cause can be interrupted sleep when a man has to pass urine frequently during the night. However, radiotherapy and hormone treatment are known to affect energy*. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines 2014 (CG175) recommends that men are told when starting hormone therapy that fatigue is a recognised side effect of this therapy and not necessarily a result of prostate cancer and they should be offered supervised resistance and aerobic exercise at least twice a week for 12 weeks to reduce fatigue and improve quality of life.

Expectations differ; some men reported that their sporting activities had become limited and others regretted that they lacked the energy to work or tackle household and garden chores. One man, who had a radical prostatectomy in 1993, also said that the operation had reduced his stamina and greatly affected his lifestyle.

*Newer hormone therapies such as bicalutamide (Casodex) are suitable for non-metastatic disease and it does not lower testosterone so patients should not become as lethargic or fatigued.

Last reviewed March 2015.

Last updated March 2015.

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