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.

    • Reids-Pa
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    about 20 hours ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    I have an almost continual violent cough/wheezing. When i "spit up" it's not pghlem but a white, filmy substance. Have real diffic...

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joints hurt all of the time

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some days I am too tired to get up

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    They don't tell you that it's coming

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Persistent cough now for 4.5 months

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    Unable to remember how to do things halfway through a task sometimes

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    3 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Some days in a fog and forgetting actual words when speaking.

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    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    4 days ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Nurse explained that in Round 7 or 8, side affects to the Carboplatin can happen, describing them. Sure enough, 5 minutes into the ...

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    • Gigi3
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 days ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Bloating, swelling, neuropathy, lymphedema Reactivation of mast cell activation syndrome with anaphylactic episodes

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    • PattyF
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    12 days ago
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    I have many side effects from FolFox

    Side Effects

    fatigue, thinning hair, neuropathy, muscle spasms/cramps, tingling in fingers, blisters on hands and feet, nausea.

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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    I just completed Chemo Cycle 3. The next day I was experiencing heart palpitations. Every time I lay down I felt my heart racing. ...

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    • BabsMags
    • Experience with Choriocarcinoma
    25 days ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Along with mouth sores, I lost taste my buds! Numerous other side effects, too!

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