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.

    • Ginj
    • Experience with Gallbladder Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Had diarrhea, anemia, dehydration, blood transfusions, dizziness, loss of appetite,weakness.

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    • lanasue
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    3 months ago
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    Side Effects

    On chemo ,constipation , nausea, fatigue

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  1. 3 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Extreme pain in the feet, to the point of immobility.

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  2. 3 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    After surgery I ended up on insulin for extremely high blood sugar

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    • Misterry74
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    3 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Migraines, bone and joint pain, muscle spasms, body aches, very tired, weak

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    • AnnM
    • Experience with Liver Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    After the 1st day of treatment it is very difficult for me to eat. I am very nauseous.

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  3. 3 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I experienced a new kind of pain a few days ago,in my lower back,I was sitting up taking a break from taking a nap ( sounds ridiculo...

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    • Kimma
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Lymphedema is my most worrisome primary side effect followed by osteopenia, chemo brain, fatigue, memory changes, neuropathies, thin...

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  4. 3 months ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    also 2 1/2 years on luperon, severe joint pain. required cortisone injections, i.m. No sex drive. All good after coming off of luperon.

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    • Cheri18
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    3 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Neuropathies in toes and fingers bone and muscle pain minimal nausea fatigue

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    • Delores50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    3 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Anaphylactic shock this was from the drug herceptin

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    • PattyLou
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    fatigue and severe anemia were the only warning signs that led to discovery of a colon tumour (far from the rectum).

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