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.

  1. 4 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Tamoxifen caused the worst side effects...it destroyed my uterus.

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    • Bquick
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    4 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joint pain after the nulasta

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    • Bonkers
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    There was many side effects such as anxiety, fatigue, mouth dryness, vomiting, nerve damage, pain, taste change, thinking problems a...

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    • lilgal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    on Nov 5 i will know if the cancer return

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    • lmcvety
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Why can you only choose one?

    Side Effects

    Why can you only choose one option? So here is my list... remember these will never go away! Amelia, Osteoporosis, Chemo brain, bone...

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    • Themizzes
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, achy muscles, sharp pains in feet, internal itching all over due to very high billirubin

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    • GayDawn
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    5 months ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Weight gain, depression and fear, insomnia, mastitis, hand/foot syndrome, permanent hair thinning, aging rapidly, joint pain, heart ...

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    • wigit
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Take chemo on Wed. every other week and wear drip til Friday. After drip is took off I get sick. Throwing up, weak, and joints hurt....

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  2. 5 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    First few days I had sharp shooting pains, very quick but shocking all throughout my body. Mostly in my abdomen, sometimes in my per...

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  3. 5 months ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    Really felt like my whole mouth was in a constant state of burning. Tongue hurt so bad.

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  4. 5 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Cardiac reaction had to get Benadryl, steroids, more fluids, slow down infusion rate by half

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    • KChamp
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Low dose chemo started in addition to oral chemo! Fatigue set in tonight and feel foggy

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