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. over 7 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    not a day has gone by where he does not feel sick. either from the chemo or what he describes as a rolling nausea 20 -40 minutes aft...

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    • Snowhite
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Bowel obstruction

    Side Effects

    well, dont know if its obstruction really, bu tman am i constipated!!! and ijust dont know what to eat. please comment.

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    • Genjen
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    over 7 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    On the trial I was found to be taking the real drug and it caused alot of bone pain and extreme fatigue until they found the right l...

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    • jenpwrs
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    over 7 years ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    About a year into treatment, I started running a fever one day. I thought I had the flu. I was prescribed antibiotics but kept get...

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    • jenpwrs
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    over 7 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The major thing I deal with right now is extreme exhaustion (plus Hand and Foot Syndrome). My energy is very low. This seems to be...

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    • skyeblue
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Bad memory, problems with digestion, fingernails breaking, soft tissues fragile, sometime extreme fatigue - are these all common aft...

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    • Izzie
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    almost 8 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss, Big scar!

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  2. about 8 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Not all of his hair is gone. For the first 3 months his hair thinned out a lot. The 4th month he lost all of his eyelashes and eyebr...

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  3. about 8 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Mouth sores all the time!! Little to nothing can be done about those.

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  4. about 8 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I have discussed my Son's issues which I thought were due to the chemo (referred to as chemo brain) but they reassure me that my Son...

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    • Gosha
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    about 8 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    and many more

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    • abrub
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinoma ...
    over 8 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Chemical peritonitis - severe pain. Pain was so severe that chemo had to be delivered in conjunction with high doses of dilaudid....

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