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.

    • Neri
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    3 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    1st radiation session - had allergic reaction : extreme pain, fever, chills, increased heart rate, couldn't breathe & temporary para...

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    • Donny
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    Full Brain radiation

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    • Kaylia
    • Experience with Primary Mediastinal B-C...
    3 months ago
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    Worsening of pre-existing conditions: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / M.E. & Fibromyalgia

    Side Effects

    Both conditions have significantly worsened. The Fibromyalgia became worse during treatment and remains worse almost 3 years on. T...

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    • Mamaguerra
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    3 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Very emotional to deal with all different side affects but this one did it

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    • Don42
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    This s is the worst side effect

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    • Yaarah
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    3 months ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    I have a history of swollen vocal cords, had paralyzed vocal cord at one time, and now, slightly swollen vocal cords from being run ...

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    • briang
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Weight loss, pain, fatigue, contsipation, persistent productive cough, cannot sleep at night

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    • Georganne
    • Experience with Malignant Lymphoma
    3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea and hair loss

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    • Dj0827
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    4 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Bone pain after nuelasta

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    • Helen112
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Nausea and don’t want to eat

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    • JVHogan
    • Experience with Gastrinoma, Endocrine ...
    4 months ago
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    Bowel obstruction

    Side Effects

    Must have chemo to deobstruct blockage. Surgery not an option. Grade 3 stage 4. Anyone else regret going chemo route first.?

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    • Prostate
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    4 months ago
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    Breast tenderness or growth

    Side Effects

    ALso tiredness , and not wanting to eat sometimes . Also Headache occasionally. Irritated urethra which makes urination slow and dri...

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