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. over 6 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Just general soreness all over. The bump/tumor on the side of my neck has been hurting. Hope it's the Avastin doing it's job and cut...

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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    11/9/13-The usual back pain I usual feel was 5 times worse tonight. I tried going to bed, tried laying down and my back hurt so so m...

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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Radiation Cystitis

    Side Effects

    10/28/13- Twice in about two months I felt frequent urgency to urinate and mild burning sensation. I would run to the bathroom and a...

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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Vision decline

    Side Effects

    After I had Lasik eye surgery I thought I might not have to wear glasses again for a long time. Unfortunately my vision was affected...

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  5. over 6 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    10/9/13- My eyelashes are thinning out again. I finished treatment almost 5 months ago. Not sure if they'll all fall out, guess I'll...

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  6. over 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    neuropathy - what exactly does the chemo do to the nerves - my sweet husband, a pharmacokineticist, is reading to determine what is ...

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  7. over 6 years ago
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    Incontinence (cannot control urine)

    Side Effects

    radiation and surgery caused my ureter to become almost completely blocked. For 2 yrs I had a stent put in every 3 months. After 2...

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Still worried cancer will return and hated having side effects that would not go away.

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Felt like a was always sucking on a penny.

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I had pain everywhere. From the chemo (getting stuck 4-5 times before they can find a vein) to radiation (inside & out). I started t...

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    I was wish I would have lost weight, I gained instead.

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Dry heaves are the worst

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