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.

    • Kathyc
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Long term Pain 7 years out!

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    • chinuk70
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    7 months ago
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    Breast tenderness or growth

    Side Effects

    More Health Issues due to past treatment. Radial scaring in the breast indication of much higher risk of breast cancer in already h...

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    • chinuk70
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    7 months ago
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    New Health issues caused by Prior Treatment

    Side Effects

    Lost Thyroid due to prior radiation treatment. Mass on both sides extending below collar bone.

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    • Sdurre
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    7 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    So so very bad

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    • Sdurre
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    7 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    To chemo

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    • Bengal
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    7 months ago
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    Chronic fatigue and PTSD

    Side Effects

    Healthcare professionals lag behind in recognizing PTSD as a common side effect of cancer diagnosis and treatment, IMO.

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, Hot Flashes

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    • JCPV
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    I am having low platelet and low white count. I am also experiencing muscle/joint pain for about 7 days after infusion. Hair loss.

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    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    7 months ago
    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    7 months ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    I hate this

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    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    7 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Never came back in most places

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    • cjgriggs1
    • Experience with Mixed Tumors, Breast...
    7 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Had script but didn’t use it...having it helped

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