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.

    • Memawjax
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I have been off Keytruda 4 months and was wondering if anyone knows how long it stays in your system?

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  1. 7 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Allergic reaction to 1st chemo, gave steroids and slowed drip. Omitted 1 medication this time. Depression, anxiety, fatigue, bladd...

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    • shadow
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    7 months ago
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    Side Effects

    No longer have normal erections since my operation.

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    • Memorrow1
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    9 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Dizziness, chemo brain, loss of appetite, mobility issues

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    • Sgnorris
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    10 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    And diarrhea and pain And peeling from what looked like a massive burn

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    • EileenS
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    12 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Once on the immunologics I had rash on my extremities, treated with a topical cream. Hair loss was to be expected and I handled it ...

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    • EileenS
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    12 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    rash on extremities, anemia, chemo brain, diarrhea, fatigue

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    • cheryncp
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    about 1 year ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    I had severe diarrhea caused by the targeted therapy drugs, Xalkori and Alecensa. A probiotic recommended by my oncologist has worke...

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    • Fran106
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    9 years out lost lots hair, not bald. No cancer though.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    Near death experience

    Side Effects

    Right hemicolonectomy. Followed by Folfox. Only side effect was neuropathy which persists. Reoccurrence in liver with surgery and re...

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    • RhondaM
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    about 1 year ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Feel sick with vomiting and diarrhea; depressed from not sleeping well. tired.

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    • Dslaughter
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    about 1 year ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    I had several side effects from neuropathy to hair loss to I still believe that there is something wrong with my stomach because it ...

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