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.

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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I experience low back pain especailly when constipated. Take pain meds with exacerabate constipation but only help back pain mildly...

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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

    Concentration and word finding issues

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    Stool leakage

    Side Effects

    Most likely for partial colectomy but do have some stool leakage even with no diarrhea

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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    During chemo my tastes change severely. Want sweet and sour things.

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    Rash

    Side Effects

    With second treatment of Fulfox I had a red rash on my arms. Now they are kind of mottled in tan tones and become mildly red with t...

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    Hand foot syndrome

    Side Effects

    Will I was on Fulfox I had moderate to severe cold sensitivity in my feet and hands.

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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I have liver mets and have tenderness in liver after chemo.

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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    No vomitting but nausea the week after chemo.

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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    Extremely dry mouth.

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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    Short term memory affected

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    Infection

    Side Effects

    Very bad thrush with full GI tract infection and accompanying sores in mouth and perineal region.

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