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. about 6 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    It would turn out that I had suffered a grand mal seizure. Apparently my blood pressure had risen to 205/165 and had forced an enorm...

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  2. about 6 years ago
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    Seizures

    Side Effects

    The day of my back surgery arrived. As I sat in my wheel chair being registered by my mother, I suddenly became aware of a strange s...

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  3. about 6 years ago
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    Rectal-bladder fistula

    Side Effects

    While being hospitalized to receive an iv for food and fluid due to complications during treatment, I began noticing a nasty, foul s...

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  4. about 6 years ago
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    Multiple Side Effects

    Side Effects

    I suffered multiple side effects from my experience with chemo and radiation 1. Weight loss 2. Rash in sensitive areas ( aided by ...

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  5. about 6 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    12/14/13- I don't know if it was something I ate or what. My stomach has been hurting a lot. I haven't taken anything for the pain i...

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  6. about 6 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    12/13/11- After lunch today I started feeling upset stomach.

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

    Side Effects

    Just the chills and sweats.

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    • AmyKins
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Cervical Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Some warning about being thrown into surgical menopause would have been beneficial, year down the line just getting it under control...

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    • AmyKins
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Cervical Cancer
    about 6 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Sooooo tired following 9 months of no sleep now I cant stay awake

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    • francieg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    about 6 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    Radiation colitis/diverticulosis caused severe internal bleeding forcing me to be hospitalized for a week and my teenage son to have...

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  8. about 6 years ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    12/3/13- I've been eating stuff like tuna, drinking lots of water, eating beans, spinach, and other leafy greens in the hopes that m...

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  9. about 6 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    12/2/13- So I have lost my pixie hair style. I had started liking the style a lot. Unfortunately my hair started falling off last we...

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