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.

    • Terguzie
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    8 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    This is unreal.....my platelets started off low, but have not recovered well after each chemo. Last week they were as low as 13,000...

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    • JenWeber
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    8 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    I had mouth sores so bad, I had to be hospitalized for 4 days. I lost 12 pounds due to not being able to eat and hardly drink anything.

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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    The worst ever people would tell me you have to eat. Until you have had chemo you can't even begin to understand this taste. I ha...

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  2. 8 months ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Always keep this had to have fluids all the time potassium stayed low

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  3. 8 months ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    This was terrible

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  4. 8 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    See chemo treatment

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    • Tweedy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    8 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    the fatigue is ridiculous. And it's difficult to know if it's still fatigue caused by the long-term side effects of chemo and radiat...

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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    8 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I was an extremely detailed oriented individual prior to treatment and haven't been able to regain much clarity since the treatment....

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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    8 months ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Apparently the combination of chemo and radiatiion caused significant Bone thinning

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    • cly
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    8 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, mouth sores, neuropathy, hairless, loss of appetite,

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    • dillyhilly
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    8 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Besides pain in my shoulder blade under neath my left breast area in the rib cage , left collar bone, and still a small pleura effus...

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