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.

    • twlaughs
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    5 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    effected my depression/anxiety to the point I became suicidal

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    • MyahsMom
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    5 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    After finishing radiation and getting on meds I have now developed bilateral peripheral neuropathy in both feet and legs. Lots of p...

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    • malbarmu
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue and Neuropathy highly featured,

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    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    5 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    CIPN causes permanent pain and loss of fine motor skills in fingers and hands. It also caused my feet to lose almost all feeling. I ...

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    • alexislwk
    • Experience with Adrenal Cortical Can...
    5 months ago
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    Bowel obstruction

    Side Effects

    had bowel obstruction surgery hair loss twice numbness in fingers and feet extreme fatigue

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    • Reids-Pa
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    5 months ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    I have an almost continual violent cough/wheezing. When i "spit up" it's not pghlem but a white, filmy substance. Have real diffic...

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joints hurt all of the time

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some days I am too tired to get up

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    They don't tell you that it's coming

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Persistent cough now for 4.5 months

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    Unable to remember how to do things halfway through a task sometimes

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    6 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Some days in a fog and forgetting actual words when speaking.

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