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.

    • cjduran
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    Severe leakage, 10/01/13.

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    • cjduran
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Chemotherapy-Taxol. 02/28/11 thru 11/20/12, 1 year and 9 months, initially 6 months.

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    • cjduran
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Bowel perforation

    Side Effects

    Severe pain-17 days until Colonoscopy and following day Colostomy, 10/18/10 and 10/19/10.

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    • Baozi
    • Experience with Melanoma, Cervical Cancer
    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The fatigue is very difficult to deal with. Some days I can barely talk.

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  1. over 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    feeling sad

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    • trishcm2
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I can't walk very far without having to sit down. My leg muscles burn and I'm out of breath.

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    • trishcm2
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    Freakishly swollen arm due to blood clot and swelling everywhere else. :(

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  2. over 5 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Then to add to everything I had an allergic reaction to meds my Dr's gave me that landed me in the E.R. a few times.

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  3. over 5 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    I couldn't eat and always was dehydrated every other day and cudnt sleep. I went days without sleeping.

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    • trishcm2
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    So tired today. I am glad I can go to work but it takes all my energy to get ready and to get there. I feel beat up.

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    • trishcm2
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Who gains weight with cancer? Me! Edema, hormone therapy, steroids and chemo = gaining over 20 lbs

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    • MLH
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 5 years ago
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    I experienced several of the side effects listed.

    Side Effects

    They were tough but manageable and I knew they would abate.

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