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.

    • kurtzkind
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 7 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    That is one of many side effects. To be honest I do not remember that time in my life!

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    • sugarbear
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    joint aches-hair loss -swollen feet (bottoms) -swollen ankles-hard to move -weakness

    Side Effects

    was on ful dose of zelboraf but then got toxic in liver-vacation from it for a week-then lower dose -ok at first but then toxins bui...

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    • scl1979
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    I have no memory in the short term. Is this normal after Interferon? How long does it last?

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    • Jstpchy00
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Hysterical crying fits and anger, interferon makes me feel like a crazy person

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    • AndreaS13
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    The interferon gave me terrible headaches, severe chills and other flu-like symptoms. I also had a metallic taste in my month, so I...

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    • AndreaS13
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    The original antinausea medicine I was taking did not stop me from vomiting; so after a few days it was changed to zofran, which sto...

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    • melissax12
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    Saturday after surgery I ended up at the emergency room. My throat was swollen and I had trouble swallowing. It turns out I have a ...

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    • rbtink
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    I am now left with severe lymphedema on the whole right side of my body all from a mole on the right upper arm. Everything on that ...

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    • SaGonzalez
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Side effects feel awful...head and body aches along with fever and chills

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  1. over 7 years ago
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    Fever

    Side Effects

    The clinical trial I am participating in has manageable side effects. I have continued working the entire year because I was able t...

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    I've been dating my boyfriend for a year and he's been very supportive but now I have absolutely no desire in any sort of sexual con...

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    • stansbam
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    most times i feel nothing, but when I feel something it's either extreme euphoric happiness ending with anger and irritability

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