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.

    • patchez0
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Ca...
    over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    several side effects....hearing, speaking ..thrush, swallowing....sleeping limbs....blurry eyesite...and loss of several tastes I us...

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  1. over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Dealt with lots of fog and forgetfulness. Still dealing with it today although it has gotten better.

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Nausea managed very well with Prochlorperazine.

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  3. over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Poops and whoops. Tired, achey, loss of hair except head and brows, weight loss, swellng, dry eyes, dry skin, dry mouth, chemo burn,...

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    • Janelleo
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Bone aches , fatigue, can't lose weight gained on RChop ,teeth problems

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  4. over 3 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Could be a lot worse...I think what I am experiencing is pretty standard...

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    • Colours
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 3 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    v low sodium levels

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  5. over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain lol i could be in mid action and just 4get what i was doing this was the most frustrating along with the leg cramps clar...

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    • kittykatt
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    constipation, eating problems, fatigue. I take Creon with each meal as instructed on the RX label, but was still having diarrhea soo...

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  6. over 3 years ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    Being unable to do the things I want makes me moody and grumpy

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  7. over 3 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    The drugs get me either constipated or the opposite

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  8. over 3 years ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Every once in awhile I get a rash along my hair line and scalp

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