Experiences with Side Effects of Cancer

There are both physical and emotional side effects of cancer; experiences vary from patient to patient regarding side effects before, during, and after treatment. Although you may not know what to expect with your certain type of cancer or treatment plan, there are ways to be proactive by preparing yourself mentally, taking care of yourself physically, and doing what is best for yourself emotionally all through your cancer diagnosis. You can focus on your daily routine, talk closely with your care team about what you are experiencing, eat healthy, continue to exercise, distract yourself with hobbies, and lean on your support system whether it is made up of family, friends, or local support groups.

It might help you to know what other WhatNexters have experienced through their cancer treatment; remember that side effects will vary for everyone. It may help you to prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

For more information read our guide onTreatments and Side Effects of Cancer - What to Expect.

    • Role
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    1 day ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Skin turned brown in areas, hair loss, lymphedema, nail damage, foot swelling.

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  1. 2 days ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    I still have problems with dry mouth also skin on neck got burns and whenever I get home or overheated it turns red. Very frustration

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  2. 2 days ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    Caused weakness on my left side. Nocardia & Brain abscess required 4 brain surgeries and over a year of treatment

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    • bones
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Shots not helping. No chemo for 6 weeks need to build anc count staying in a range .03-.05

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  3. 9 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Completely lost the hair on my head on the exact day is was expected to happen, based on the two days just before transplant that th...

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  4. 9 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    After 12 weeks of chemo, I went out on disability after being unable to get to work enough hours in the week to constitute full time...

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    • Taz
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    11 days ago
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    I had multiple side effects.....

    Side Effects

    From a fistula, to colorectal bowel removal to multiple surgeries, nausea, tiredness, neuropathy, sleep deprivation, hair loss, mulr...

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    • mcgc77
    • Experience with Epithelial Ovarian Carc...
    13 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Side effects I experienced after chemotherapy combination of Carboplatin and Taxol: Hair loss by the third treatment. My side effect...

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    • barnett200
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    13 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Skin burn in neck area.

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    • Cavmom
    • Experience with Liposarcoma
    14 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Through all of the side effects of the chemo, the disappointment every time they didn't work, the surgeries, and knowing it will re...

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    • neppah5
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    17 days ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    At this time I was also diagnosed with HepC. Started treatment for that 2001

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    • Alemton1
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    17 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Impotence, fatigue, increased blood sugar, neutropenia

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