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.

    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 3 years ago
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    Bone fracture or break

    Side Effects

    Well looks like my mediastinal tumor is so big and grew so fast (and also effect by the sternum tumor) that it actually fractured my...

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  1. almost 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    So tired some days that I could not move from one chair to one 3' away!

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    • KRBaum
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 4 years ago
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    autoimmune meningitis

    Side Effects

    Was inpatient for four days.

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    • suebond
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    I was on a white food bland diet and high dose steroids for 3 months and needed 2 doses of Remicade to get rid of the colitis.

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    • suebond
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    I had quite a lot of swelling and spent 3 weeks in bed with my leg elevated. Because of the chemo infusion my surgical wound took a ...

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    • Rebecca68
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Retired on disability due to fatigue. Also on Synthroid - the Yervoy killed my Thyroid.

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  2. about 4 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I had about 10 side effects...some very difficult. Was on Opdivo for 1.5 years. Minimal side effects with this.

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    • debbybelle
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Mostly itching. Everywhere!

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    • Momalynn
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Nodular melanoma ,1st Rash from interferon,loss of motion in left arm from lymph node dissection , skin tenderness from radiation si...

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  3. almost 5 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    He has had very few if any side effects.

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    • Beene2009
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 5 years ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    The itching was terrible. Had to take steroids a couple of times. Still have the crazy looking bumps on my legs. Got them vaginal...

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  4. about 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Paniculitis which is an inflammation of the soft tissue. It causes welts to develope on my extremeties, and is extremely painful. I ...

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