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.

    • GilDBA
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    4 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    3 fingers on each hand

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    • Hbee68
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinoma (...
    5 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, nausea, hair loss. Landed in the hospital several times with infections.

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    • MarcM
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    7 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    My right leg feels like a sack of flour. Foot is tingling and occasionally has shooting pains.

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    • Amber0728
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    14 days ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I was allergic to the chemo, had to be an inpatient at hospital for infusion

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    • BJLR
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    15 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I developed a chronic cough, sinus issues, weight gain, hair loss, higher blood pressure, but the worst was and still is fatigue.

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    • breastca
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    17 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    anemia, hair loss, nail abnormality, weakness.

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  1. 20 days ago
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    Abdominal discomfort

    Side Effects

    Depakote did majorly effect my digestive system

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    • Melp
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    26 days ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    Many many side effects. Watery eyes, c-diff, nausea, diareaha, fatigue, anxiety, depression

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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    27 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue was severe and the pain in my left ischium/pelvic area was bad enough I had to live on hydrocodone for close to a year.

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  2. 28 days ago
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    Severe endometriosis symptoms returned

    Side Effects

    Symptoms of stage IV endometriosis returned because I had to stop taking my bcp's

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    • drehmmsw
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
  3. about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Initially very tired from Ibrance 125mg dosage I'm currently on my 12th cycle and reduced dosage to 75mg Ibrance with 2.5 mg Letrozo...

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