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.

    • aknative
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    3 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    All the joint pain is very very bad. An also the numbness in my feet and fingers. Especially my feet are the most affected. They are...

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    • PatriSolo
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    7 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Hands and feet have horrible neuropathy from the chemo, only relief is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, which can't be done as ...

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  1. 9 days ago
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    Side Effects

    The original diagnosis was in October 2012. The surgery and the chemo treatments seemed so smooth, but I felt a lot of discomfort wh...

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    • JeanneTod
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    10 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Blood needed multiple nutrients and transfusions. Expected hair loss but not the constant itching EVERYWHERE.

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    • utpitt75
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell ...
    11 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    day 15 starting loosing hair in small clumps. Day 19 larger clumps began falling, shaved head at day 23

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    • Moey
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    12 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Deciding whether to go off of Letrozole, am not tolerating these drugs at all. I am three years into treatment, had 30 days of radi...

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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    15 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Last time during chemo my hair thinned some... not so lucky this time! My scalp hurts! my pride hurts...

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    • JNW
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    16 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Over 2.5 years out of treatment and after many expressions of concern over my cognitive functions, I was given a neurosych test. Th...

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  2. 16 days ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Severe anxiety because I realized I felt totally out of control and didn't know what the next steps were. This caused anxiety and na...

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  3. 16 days ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Begin to lose taste as treatment progresses.

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  4. 16 days ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Ended up realizing I was allergic to Jofrsn and cannot take Ativan for anxiety. In the beginning it was extreme anxiety causing the ...

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  5. 16 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Once the steroids wear off, the fatigue sets in more noticeably. .

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