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.

  1. over 5 years ago
    Asanayogini's Avatar

    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, weight loss, severe lightheadedness, diarrhea ,

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    • mlrasco
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 5 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Have to use laxative and stool softener everyday or it gets bad.

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    • mlrasco
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 5 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Have pain in lower back, hips, legs and feet.

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  2. almost 6 years ago
    christine47's Avatar

    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    after all treatments..i was left with anemia,now my counts are back up

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  3. almost 6 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    bleeding, constipation, extreme diarrhea, pain, loss of appetite, nausea

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    • Theresa7
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    almost 6 years ago
  4. almost 6 years ago
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    Rectal-bladder fistula

    Side Effects

    I had the after affects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which caused my bowel to fistula to gether . my bowel was breaking away an...

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  5. about 6 years ago
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    Digestive issues? Heart issues?

    Side Effects

    2/12/14- I spoke with my doctor. I've been experiencing chest pain off and on. I will be seeing a cardiologist because at this point...

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  6. about 6 years ago
    Lirasgirl33's Avatar

    Pain

    Side Effects

    2/8/14- Bone pain/muscle pain. The pain felt very similar to when you dip you hands inside a bucket of cold ice...you know...the pai...

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  7. about 6 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    1/17/14- 1/21/14-Chills, sweats, no fever, hot flashes, fatigue, bleeding (anal and nose), nasal congestion, buzzing/ringing in my e...

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  8. about 6 years ago
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    Seizures

    Side Effects

    Well, as it would turn out, fate stepped in and offered me a hand once again. As I was laid up recovering from back surgery and aw...

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  9. about 6 years ago
    Rthompson's Avatar

    Rectal-bladder fistula

    Side Effects

    While in hospital recovering from my back surgery, I noticed something unusual while I was using the bathroom. Not to be too descrip...

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