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 3 years ago
    MichDogLover's Avatar

    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    The skin on my fingers peeled off after about my 10th chemo. treatment. Painful when trying to open things or turn off lamps. Had ...

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Worse than the diarrhea is the chronic hemorrhoids. Very painful and uncomfortable.

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    • Popper
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    And taste changes very metallic for days. Lemon slices in my water helps some. Neuropathy and bad brain fog. Lethargy the hardest to...

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    • Accushla
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    over 3 years ago
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    Loss of sensation around APR site, Vaginal prolapse due APR

    Side Effects

    Nerves were cut during APR procedure (naturally) however its a problem during sex. Also vagina is a bit prolapse after perineal heal...

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    • vplovesmp
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    over 3 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Overall, side effects have been minimal and manageable. One setback was a rough bout of constipation that made him ill and unable to...

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    • bnshutts
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hand foot syndrome

    Side Effects

    Swelling and blistering of the feet, dry, swollen, cracking hands

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  3. almost 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Bad case of diarrhea ended up in hospital due to being dehydrated and neutropenia, internal bleeding also - arrrgh.

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    • Patacake
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Diahorea . Sore mouth . Extreme tiredness , tingling in fingers . Chemo brain. Anxiety . Hair loss. Cough. Etc etc . I am now over ...

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  4. almost 4 years ago
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    Weight loss, neuropathy, confusion and memory loss, hair loss, depression...many.

    Side Effects

    There are a lot of side effects to not only your treatment, but the experience of having cancer. Balance is key, which is way easie...

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    • Sir
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    So far, the Dr. has not given me anything that helps w/the painful areas...that OTC stuff does not help too much.

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  5. almost 4 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    After ieliostomy reversal I have been having severe constipation and I'm unable to fully empty bowels ( clustering) I'm miserable, I...

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    • lorraine
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    i had a lot more than mouth sores/nose also/had hand/foot syndrome/had nausea/had fatigue/had a lot of side effects.

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