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.

    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    over 1 year ago
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    Vaginal stenosis

    Side Effects

    I developed vaginal stenosis after my pelvic radiation. Through the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist and the use of vaginal...

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    • Couke
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Colorec...
    over 1 year ago
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    Side Effects

    Nerve damage from the treatments, black hands and nails, also feet are black and hurt all the time and of course nausea and weakness

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    • Mel-T
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I am on my third round of chemo. You could call me and a few minutes later I might not remember. Chemo brain is real.

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    • medale
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Blood Clot

    Side Effects

    Last week I first noticed that I was running a low-grade fever. We had our first cold day and I was wearing my winter jacket and hat...

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    • Cevans
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Multiple side effects of various severity

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    • BeckyTice
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    about 2 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    This was not on my radar..... anywhere.... silent and apparently quite a nasty thing to deal with.... So this is What's Next for me!...

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    • Amber0728
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    about 2 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I was allergic to the chemo, had to be an inpatient at hospital for infusion

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    • allier4
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    To Oxaliplatin

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    • chrisx
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Loss of appetite mild mouth sores

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    • aknative
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    over 2 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    All the joint pain is very very bad. An also the numbness in my feet and fingers. Especially my feet are the most affected. They are...

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    • JeanneTod
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 2 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Blood needed multiple nutrients and transfusions. Expected hair loss but not the constant itching EVERYWHERE.

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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Last time during chemo my hair thinned some... not so lucky this time! My scalp hurts! my pride hurts...

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