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.

    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    2 months ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Had to occasionally take a break from chemo for my white blood cells to recuperate. Also had to get Nepogen injections in my stomach...

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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    2 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Had neuropathy in my hands & feet, also partially up my legs. The hands eventually recovered. My legs are fine, my feet have only p...

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    • Sydney94
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Body aches, fatigue, lack of appetite

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    • Ninnie
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    3 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Received 4 blood transfusions. Lost appetite. Fingernails fell off. Peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet.Tired all the time. Hai...

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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Prejeta diarrhea pretty much from the start.

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    • cam
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    3 months ago
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    Side Effects

    hair loss, lost big toenails, eyelashes and eyebrows still not normal, slight edema

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    • cam
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    3 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    anemia, nausea, chemo brain,bone pain, infections,bone fractures

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    • RoxyMom
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    3 months ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    Acne after starting Letrozole. My face is acting like I'm 14.

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    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    3 months ago
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    Side Effects

    For the short period of chemo for 2 weeks I had red hand/red feet. I am still paying for red feet with severe sores.

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    • honey216
    • Experience with Spindle Cell Tumor
    3 months ago
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    Hypothyroidism

    Side Effects

    Thanks to my neck and chest being radiated 2x in 10 years, my thyroid no longer functions normally. That means I'm taking Levoxyl fo...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    3 months ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    I was labeled as having mood swings because I was honest about how I felt about getting burned at the radiation department along wit...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    3 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Pain in my mastectomy site. Joint pain is horrible. I take Lyrica because of nerve pain. I truly think my fibromyalgia that was diag...

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