Fatigue Management

Fatigue is a very common problem for people with cancer. It can leave them feeling very tired and exhausted all or most of the time.

There are things that can be done to help manage fatigue, for example, by changing the way people plan and fill their day.

This workshop programme aims to help:

  • Understand what causes fatigue, how it affects people and how to recognise the triggers
  • Improve how to manage the demands of everyday life, including our own and others’ expectations
  • Understand the importance of sleep, exercise and diet in relation to fatigue
  • Learn relaxation skills
  • Find out about other available support services and resources
  • Share experiences with others and learn from each other

When are the workshops?

One afternoon for 3 consecutive weeks, 2pm – 4:30 pm. Workshops run every 3 months and a waiting list is used if oversubscribed.

Where are they held?

Local facilities within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area

Who is the programme for?

Any adult experiencing mild to moderate cancer-related fatigue.

This is a group programme for approximately 15 people and a family member or a friend can also attend.

Please speak to your nurse specialist, health or social care professional to be referred.

Who runs the group?

The workshops are led by a team of Northern Trust health and social care professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, social workers and the Macmillan Information and Support Manager. Each workshop has different professionals leading the session.

The workshops are informal, practical and enjoyable. A variety of activities such as presentations, discussions, video clips, relaxation techniques and exercise sessions are used.

Tea/coffee is served at each workshop.

For more information contact the Macmillan Information and Support Manager.


“An excellent programme – helpful, practical and enjoyable.”

“This course lets you see how other people are finding the after effects of treatment and lots of ideas for solutions.”

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