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.

    • FaithW
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach...
    8 months ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Week 2 after chemo I got the runs.

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    • FaithW
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach...
    8 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I can not drink anything cold. It feels like broken glass going down, my fingers tingle with the touch of anything cold.

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    • TeresaL1
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    8 months ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    I have developed A Fib. So now I have a Cardiologist , very scary

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    • Saw4750
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    8 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Actually there were several. The allergic reaction to one of the drugs in the chemo cocktail was the last. There is damage to one of...

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  1. 8 months ago
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    Muscle Spasms

    Side Effects

    Ended up in the hospital because of CKMB levels which should be <200 were >9,000

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  2. 8 months ago
    • OldFart
    • Experience with Lymphoplasmacytic Lymp...
    8 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Beginning after cycle 3 and increasing thru 4, I am finding this becoming a problem. Not able to find words. Giving a really stupid ...

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    • Ellen007
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    8 months ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Even though I had been through menopause I had hot flashes and was more emotional, mostly crying because of little things. I was gi...

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  3. 8 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    Steroids do to chemo made sugar levels sky rocket and kidney function room decrease

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  4. 8 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    No energy,body pain in metastasized areas. Extremely tired.

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    • Jamminjam3
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not...
    8 months ago
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    Side Effects

    I have had 1 round of Chemo. I felt okay for the first 3 days. Today, my legs feel so wobbly. It actually hurts to walk. I tried an ...

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    • ima164
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    8 months ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Horrible reaction to glue over implanted port incision.

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