Fatigue support

What is fatigue support?

Fatigue support is a chance for you to talk to one of our Specialist Nurses trained in fatigue management for men with prostate cancer. They can talk to you in depth about your experience of fatigue and the impact it is having on day-to-day life and discuss ways to better manage your tiredness.

It might not be possible to resolve the fatigue completely but there are many things that can help it to have less impact on your life.

This support will be given in 2 telephone calls, the first taking up to an hour and a shorter follow-up call 3-4 weeks later. We'll also send you some materials, including a fatigue diary and planner, and a fact sheet, to support you.

Positive changes might be planning and prioritising your activities better to make the most of your energy levels. Balancing activity and rest and pacing yourself to achieve the things you want to do. It might include gradually increasing exercise or increasing enjoyable social activities and getting back into hobbies.

I thought the service was superb, with the support nurse being so kind, understanding & thoughtful. She was at the very heart of everything and so very encouraging.

How do I know if I have fatigue?

  • Feel tired despite getting plenty of sleep?
  • Lacking energy?
  • Can’t enjoy your hobbies because you’re tired?
  • Struggling to cope with returning to work?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then we want to help you with our Specialist Nurse-led Fatigue support service.

Read more about what causes fatigue and what can help.

I did not think that I would be able to manage my fatigue through this programme but thought I should give it a try. Now I can see how I have benefitted considerably through the help of a structured, managed approach to improve my tiredness and build on my progress from now on.

What is the goal?

We want to help you make positive changes to your behaviour and lifestyle, which should improve your fatigue over time, including:

  • increasing exercise slowly and gradually
  • being able to have fun with your friends and family
  • getting back into your hobbies
  • adjusting your diet
  • returning to work

How do I sign up?

It's easy - just call our Specialist Nurses on 0800 074 8383 or fill in our form and a nurse will assess whether or not the service will suit your needs. If you are likely to benefit from this service, you can sign up right there and then. If not, the Specalist Nurses will help you find the right kind of support for you.

Please note that we are unfortunately unable to offer this service to men outside the UK.

Speaking to someone about my fatigue made me more aware of it and so I was able to work against it in a more effective way. Being told it was possible to change things also helped. It was good to have fatigue recognised as a problem that can be changed.

Confidentiality

The Fatigue support service is confidential between you and Prostate Cancer UK. If you contact the Specialist Nurses, you may choose to provide personal information which will only be used for the purposes of delivering this service.

Any personal information provided will not be passed on to anyone else without your express permission, except in exceptional circumstances to comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional conduct or the law. Examples of this might include children contacting the service reporting abuse, anyone reporting serious self-harm, anyone expressing the intention of harming someone else, or if a terrorist threat is reported.

Your personal information and brief details of Fatigue service call content are stored on our secure database to allow continuity of service. This part of the database is managed separately from the rest of the charity.

Call monitoring

Please note Fatigue service calls are recorded for quality and training purposes. Call recordings are stored in line with our retention policy and destroyed securely on a rolling basis.