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.

    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Pretty much all that were expected!

    Side Effects

    Neuropathy (in hands, feet and face) due to cold sensitivity, nausea, severe abdominal cramps, back and leg pain, low white cells,...

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    • BruceRC
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Sensitivity to cold

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    • mommaheart
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    very foggy time and couldnt get any clear thoughts or plan.

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    • DebbieSean
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Co...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Nausea, vomiting, diahrea, body aches & neuropathy

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  1. almost 5 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    I have experienced chemo brain, bleeding issues,hot flashes(chemo day only), pain at tumor sights, hemorrhoids and extreme exhaustion.

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  2. almost 5 years ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    She has many side effects. Dry mouth, constipation, memory changes, hot all the time, tired, loss of appetite, and many more.

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  3. almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Third round of chemo, and this is the first time that I felt the tiredness that I'd heard about from other people going through the ...

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  4. almost 5 years ago
    • Sue_2015
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    After my chemo "cocktail" changed from FOLFOX plus Avastin to FOLFIRI plus Avastin, I went from constipation to constant horrible di...

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    • ctw1966
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Nausea, fatigue.

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    • Meccarowe1
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    After my first round of chemo. I began to experience swelling and pains in my legs. I also began o have pains in my toes and feet as...

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  5. about 5 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Neuropathy, very much fatiqued

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