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.

    • Golfer1
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    nausea, pain, over all feeling sick

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  1. over 5 years ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    About everything on the right side has a side effect. Diabetes (type 1) and wear an insulin pump, right lung smaller than left, sto...

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    • andra
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 5 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    My husband loses his appetite about half way through the 4 week sessions of Sutent. He doesn't want to eat, or if he does, eats ver...

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    • andreacha
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    almost 6 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Very anemic. Have shots of Aranesp when needed - determined by hemoglobin count. Fatigue, constipation, diarrea, thinning of hair, t...

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    • laurentx
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 6 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    My blood pressure was unbelievably high, my diastolic numbers breaching 100 everytime i checked it. my general practictioner put me ...

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    • zimit
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    1st drug side effects was horrible itching, ascites 2nd drug he is on side effects are nausea, fatigue and others

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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    I hate throwing up. Thank God the Zofran helps.

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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Ulcers all over my tongue. Living on yogurt because it's too hard to eat regular food. I am allergic to Lidocaine so I can't have me...

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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    I had internal bleeding with the second kind of chemo I was on and needed several blood transfusions. I am doing better now that I w...

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    • MikeLisaP
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney C...
    over 6 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Chemo pill seems to have caused flu like symptoms as well as sores in the mouth and skin irritation in the groin areas.

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    • kostas
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    a lot side-effects due to chemo

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    • geop
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    Nausea, vomiting, bladder problems, fatigue, dry mouth, rash Allergic reaction.

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