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.

    • wren13
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Colore...
    about 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Peripheral Neuropathy greatly impacting my quality of life

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    • Rebecca68
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 3 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Retired on disability due to fatigue. Also on Synthroid - the Yervoy killed my Thyroid.

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    • Suzie57
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Ostoeporosis, bladder problems, vaginal dryness, mouth sores, weak brittle nails

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    • Rin
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    about 3 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Severe, couldn't eat for 2 weeks, 3rd week would improve.

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