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.

    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Daily

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    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    Constant cotton mouth

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extremely tired

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Constant, like water

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    A lot of anxiety mainly

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    So forgetful or "spaced out"

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    about 4 years ago
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    Fever

    Side Effects

    Felt flu like much of the time

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    • Cumadre01
    • Experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis
    about 4 years ago
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    Muscle aches

    Side Effects

    Nausea/vomiting; serious infections; headaches

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    • honey216
    • Experience with Spindle Cell Tumor
    about 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Pain & numbness in both feet.

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    • calfhugger
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometr...
    about 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Pelvic Lymphedema, some leg swelling. Still have pain, mostly where descending colon is. Digestion is not normal. And Fatigue!

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    • peachpoppy
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 4 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 4 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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