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.

    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extreme fatigue lasting 4 days.

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    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    about 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Day 11 after first round of chemo and my hair has started falling. Within 3 days I can see my scalp behind my ears and the lower par...

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    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    about 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Temporary nerve pain in lower limbs. Similar to the 'ping' of cell phone towers. Pain is constantly bouncing from one area of my l...

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    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Hard time focusing. Seemed to be having an out of body experience, going through the motions but sometimes not all there.

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    • laredosam1
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    about 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    second chemo and got a fist full of hair when shampooing my hair,actually looked like a hair rat, people who do not know me well can...

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    • sugar
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervical...
    over 4 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Began having right sided lower pelvic/side/abdomen aching. Never has gone away. I also have experienced depression and constantly ...

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    • Sherryrn
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Too many to list

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  1. over 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    pubic and lower body hair only

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    • Nicksmom
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervi...
    over 4 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    Lots of pain and irregular menstrual cycles

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    • RegJoh
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    over 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I did very well through chemo. About three weeks after my last chemo I began having muscle issues. My neck and back were stiff. M...

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  2. almost 5 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    i have a list of side effects im dealing with but one of them which is my eating problems i would say is one of the touchest i have ...

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    • JR1969
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Side Effects

    9 moths post surgery, no major problems. Do have problems with hips. Sometimes stiff when sitting or a little pain if I sleep on my ...

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