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.

    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Always felt like my arms and legs were falling asleep. pins and needles. Hard to sleep

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    • Leo4life
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Hello menopase! She didn't knock, she just hit me on the head.

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

    Side Effects

    This is the most alone I ever felt in my life. I was alone with " a room full of people". hard to explain.

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    • Cgirl
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    My husband and I joke about this, but it can really be frustrating. I used to have amazing memory and now I forget things that are e...

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    • Cgirl
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Still dealing with it.

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  1. over 6 years ago
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    All of the above

    Side Effects

    I have gone through: Lack of appetite, severe weight loss, nausea, severe pain, constipation, and just about everything else.

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    • klcd
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Lung collapses

    Side Effects

    Lung collapses due to operation to install port

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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I'm worry about the damage that could be done to my bladder or rectum or will this radiation amount be enough that the cancer won''t...

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  3. over 6 years ago
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    Bladder problems

    Side Effects

    5/30/13- Yesterday I noticed I was experiencing urgency to urinate. Just the sudden feeling to use the bathroom like if you've been ...

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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    5/23/13- This week has been a bit tough. I took all my anti nausea meds but still had persistent breakthrough nausea. I just keep te...

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  5. over 6 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    5/3/13- I've been feeling a lot more of the burning pinching sensation at the tips of my fingers, toes and just random parts of my b...

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  6. almost 7 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    nausea, blood clots in bowels, shortness of breath, difficulty walking, loss of appetite

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