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.

    • AStreib
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    about 2 hours ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Dec 2015, bone scan showed Ostopenia. Held off meds till 2017. Pills where horrible. Tried 2 different ones. Aug 2016 started Prolia...

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    • RachelW
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    about 16 hours ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    It hurts to fn talk, eat, man this sux. Brain fog, cough, depression, no memory, cough, etc. Etc.

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    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    2 days ago
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    Vaginal stenosis

    Side Effects

    I developed vaginal stenosis after my pelvic radiation. Through the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist and the use of vaginal...

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    • nannyglo
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    3 days ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    occasional.

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  1. 3 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Had all the typical side effects: pain, diarrhea, etc. Worst part during this part was the fevers. Really high and really horrible.

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  2. 5 days ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Allergic Reaction to the drug therapy but it was countered with Claritin

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    • blancorq2
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    6 days ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    dry mouth and very sore throat

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  3. 13 days ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    Started my first of 12 weekly Taxol infusions two weeks ago and started having trouble with inability to take a deep breath within t...

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    • Cindy13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    16 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I'm breathless at times, very tired, I have to sit many times durning the day.

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    • Blkgurl954
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    21 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    All of my hair is gone after 2weeks of treatment

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    • Pmilly42
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    23 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Besides chemo brain, I can't sit or stand too long. Overall I am still here, but body is not the same.

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    • Tashasmom
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    23 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    9 months later and still very painful

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