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.

    • peachpoppy
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 3 years ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    11/11/16 - Woke up in the middle of the night with pain in my upper left arm, which has lymphedema. Also noticed a rash. Ended up in...

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  1. about 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I've decided to stop taking Taxol due to the neuropathy in my feet which includes my toes and a small part of the pad of the foot to...

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  2. about 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joint and muscle pain which they say is rheumatoid arthritis brought on by the medication.

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    • abflor13
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Severe muscle spasms, all over pain, and muscle rigidity.

    Side Effects

    The onset of muscle spasms began within 48-56 hours after my first treatmwnt with taxol & last for 3 days. It was quite traumatizing.

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  3. about 3 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    For 5 days in the hospital following surgery I did not sweat once. Day 6 it started again at home. It is heavier than before the sur...

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    • tonytechie
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    about 3 years ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    along with absolute tiredness fatigue constipation depression was given 2 weeks originally and aprox 12 months with radiation.

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    • Groseman26
    • Experience with Transitional Cell C...
    about 3 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Hot Flashes, weight gain from Hormone therapy. Erectile Disfunction not treatable with viagra or cealis! Rage flashes

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  4. about 3 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Nausea, neuropathy, bladder/bowel incontinence, increased joint muscle pain, hives, hair loss and depression about the whole cancer ...

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    • moeart
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    Radiation burned esophagus

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    • kaki54
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    about 3 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Reaction to taxol, shingles from neutropenia, horrible reaction to neupogen, neuropathy, bone pain, nausea, anemia, low magnesium le...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    about 3 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    The meds have caused more to start having random panic attacks. I hate this cuz i never know when to expect them. This morning i was...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    about 3 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Simply thinning hair for now but my entire scalp is extremely sore to touch, wash, brush etc

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