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.

    • plook
    • Experience with Thymoma
    about 7 hours ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Severe constipation due to Zofran especially orally immediately post-chemo treatment. Was in bed practically for two days. Will av...

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    • idab
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 8 hours ago
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    Urinary changes (frequency, urgency)

    Side Effects

    neuropathy in feet and fingers. muscle spasms, legs, rib cage, change in eye sight. so tired always

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  1. about 9 hours ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    Basal cell skin cancer (6) and squamous in situ skin cancer (2).

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    • PLH
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    5 days ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Uncommon side effects. Rash was more extreme than the normal rash and covered my head, face, neck and legs from buttocks down to b...

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    • VMan
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    6 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Altered ability to taste food, hair loss, fatigue

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  2. 10 days ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I had many severe problems, but still have allergic reactions today. I know it may not seem like much, but for me it was constantly...

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  3. 10 days ago
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    Breast tenderness or growth

    Side Effects

    after biopsy and having to stop birth control pills I was in mild pain all the time until surgery

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  4. 13 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    The Taxotere caused lots of bone and muscle pain. The kind they used caused my hair to fall out and not return

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  5. 15 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Tamoxifen caused the worst side effects...it destroyed my uterus.

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    • Bquick
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    15 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joint pain after the nulasta

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    • Bonkers
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    21 days ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    There was many side effects such as anxiety, fatigue, mouth dryness, vomiting, nerve damage, pain, taste change, thinking problems a...

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    • lilgal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    25 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    on Nov 5 i will know if the cancer return

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