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.

    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I have always had thick coarse hair. With the chemo and the chemo induced menopause my hair thinned some and became fine.

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    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 2 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    extremely tired for a week after chemo.

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    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 2 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Much less concentration. Stopped working and school.

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    • Davina8960
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 2 years ago
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    DOUBLE QUARANTINE - NEUPOGENIC

    Side Effects

    Well looks like New Years party is in my room. Not only did my temperature go up to 100.5 my mediport decided it no longer wants to ...

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    • Davina8960
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 2 years ago
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    Neuprogen Issues

    Side Effects

    Let's see what these labs say. White count was triple what is normal. Couldn't catch a bug if I wanted to but don't sneeze on me Lol...

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    • ElaineK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    After one round of 5FU and Oxaliplatin I was so nauseated despite 3-4 anti-nausea meds before and after treatment. I was so nauseate...

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    • ElaineK
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I have permanent nerve damage from the Oxaliplatin . It is in the hands and feet. It has caused my to fall twice because of the bala...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    The meds have caused more to start having random panic attacks. I hate this cuz i never know when to expect them. This morning i was...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Simply thinning hair for now but my entire scalp is extremely sore to touch, wash, brush etc

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

    Can't get my mind to shut down. OverThinking is bad for me

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes spoiled or rotten for the first week after chemo

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    No sex drive whatsoever

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