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.

    • mbeshey
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 6 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Yes the tiredness hit me more than anything and after the first two then it got me. Nausea was limited compared to others. Dry mouth...

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    • frid06
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    groin

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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Minimal

    Side Effects

    Honestly I had minimal side affects compared with what we were trying to deal with. Fatigue and nausea were by far the most common s...

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    • JackieK
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Almost all of the above

    Side Effects

    The side effects I have from this drug is joint pain, skin rashes, hair loss, extreme fatigue, nausea, constipation, eye sensitivity...

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    • littleone
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 6 years ago
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    Too many to name

    Side Effects

    My hair is falling out, I am biting peoples heads off for nothing, its not taking the pain away, I feel sick to my stomach, Im freez...

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    • donwragg
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Nasuea, extreme fatigue, diarhea, mouth sores, fever, chills, depression, anger and flushing

    Side Effects

    Most of these side effects have a medication to help. You start feeling good just when it's time to return for another cycle. A new ...

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  2. almost 7 years ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    I feel guilty because I didn't receive any treatment other than surgery. There were no trials available at the time. So I feel like ...

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    • angelawa
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    To this day I still cannot feel anything in my armpit area except for the occasional sharp pains from the nerve damage.

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    • angelawa
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Fever

    Side Effects

    I got what amounts to the rigors where the fever would spike so quickly it would make your entire body shake.

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    • angelawa
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    When you have to go an entire year with no clue as to what your doing is working or not you really get a lot of anxiety over whether...

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    • CarolBauer
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Mouth sores, muscle pain, headaches, itching, and more fatigue.

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    • slarue
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    had lots of confusion, some memory loss and slept alot still havent got my appetite back but i do eat what i can tolerate but i fee...

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