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.

    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    the fatigue is ridiculous. And it's difficult to know if it's still fatigue caused by the long-term side effects of chemo and radiat...

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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I was an extremely detailed oriented individual prior to treatment and haven't been able to regain much clarity since the treatment....

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    • Pinkldreno
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    5 months ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Apparently the combination of chemo and radiatiion caused significant Bone thinning

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    • cly
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    5 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, mouth sores, neuropathy, hairless, loss of appetite,

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    • dillyhilly
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    5 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Besides pain in my shoulder blade under neath my left breast area in the rib cage , left collar bone, and still a small pleura effus...

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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Mouth sores, constipation, eating problems, fatigue, hair loss, taste changes/loss, chemo brain, neuropathy, and a few more.

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    • Nolieben
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Haven't started treatment yet

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    • acdotzler
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocyto...
    5 months ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    memory problems, fatigue, strokes

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    • TeresaL1
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    6 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    My dr told me that I might experience joint pain. The last 2 days I hurt in both hips and back. I’ve only had 1 week of radiation. C...

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    • BruceB
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Well, I haven't posted on here in a while because I got tired of writing "downer" posts. But there are enough "vacant" profiles her...

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    • Linda72
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    6 months ago
    • Tsl
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Can...
    6 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    I'm having multiple side effects.. I could only pick one. The side effects have been horrible. I'm on round 3 and literally feel lik...

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