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.

    • bjriise
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    about 14 hours ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Ouch!

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    • bjriise
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    about 14 hours ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    I can not taste most foods they taste like nothing

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    • bjriise
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    about 14 hours ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    2nd time I have lost my hair :-(

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  1. about 20 hours ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    I feel hot flashes once in a while after I was given hormone shot by my doctor.

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    • Bbrthlsn
    • Experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis
    4 days ago
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    Side Effects

    liver levels too high, weight gain

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    • JohannaM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Many side effects

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  2. 5 days ago
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    Kidney damage

    Side Effects

    Happened at the end of and post treatment.

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    • Mel-T
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I am on my third round of chemo. You could call me and a few minutes later I might not remember. Chemo brain is real.

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    • medale
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    7 days ago
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    Blood Clot

    Side Effects

    Last week I first noticed that I was running a low-grade fever. We had our first cold day and I was wearing my winter jacket and hat...

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    • JoannaJ
    • Experience with Epithelial Ovarian Car...
    17 days ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    I looked like a bloated tick!

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    • JoannaJ
    • Experience with Epithelial Ovarian Car...
    17 days ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Because I had cancer in the lining around my lungs which created excess fluid. It got better with chemo.

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    • JoannaJ
    • Experience with Epithelial Ovarian Car...
    17 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Makes you REALLY tired! But important to still exercise.

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