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.

    • SwampTodd
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    3 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The side effects are horrible as fatigue, mental depression, mental confusion, teeth decay, loss of position, falling and unable to ...

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    • quimerae
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    3 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Really!? Only ONE choice!? Wow. Given the fact that multiple effects and complications typically mark our treatment experieinces, th...

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  1. 6 days ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    This is not about me, as I am the wife/caregiver. My husband's side effects include most listed. However, I am only able to list o...

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  2. 6 days ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Have a really hard time from time to time not everyday

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    • Puddy
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancreat...
    7 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Just starting chemotherapy. Took pills for nausea and vomiting and day 1 of chemo and day 2 no side effects yet other than not able...

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    • pjeanann
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    8 days ago
    • txtwin
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I've had about half of your list. this question needs to allow "pick all that apply."

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    • Peachey
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Broken bones , nails and toe nails fell off , hands and feet are still numb after 2 years. Can't walk good. Balance is still bad.

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    • Twinnys8
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    8 days ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    I don’t get any side effects to any of the medications I take but I have gained all my weight back and gain at least 2 lbs a week

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    • Nana52
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    12 days ago
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    Kidney damage

    Side Effects

    After having 25 Opdivo infusions, I have swollen kidneys that are very painful.

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    • Wes101
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Ca...
    13 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Had 15 whole brain radiation palliative care. Major side effect was fatigue and hair loss

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    • LalaG
    • Experience with Epithelial Ovarian Carci...
    16 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I had fatigue, chemo brain, fever, dizziness and hair loss.

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