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.

    • whoknewit
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    7 months ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    rash,hair thinning, cough

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    • barkpratt
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung...
    7 months ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Nausea meds caused constipation. That caused diverticulitis. I was Also very fatigued.

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    • Raynbow
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    & many more long term side effects both physical, emotional & mental with little support for long term survival & it's impact on qua...

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    • Psm
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Gallbladde...
    7 months ago
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    Hand foot syndrome

    Side Effects

    Nerve damage in fingers and feet. Balance getting bad. They stopped the oxplatin only on Gemar now for the last 2 weeks. Scans look...

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    • Kola1623
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    7 months ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    Should be able to click more then one side effect. Don't you think?

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    • Charrison
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    7 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, extreme constipation, neuropathy, extreme fatigue, anemia mouth sores

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    • Sher19
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some pain in stomach on and off

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    • Terguzie
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    7 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    This is unreal.....my platelets started off low, but have not recovered well after each chemo. Last week they were as low as 13,000...

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    • JenWeber
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    7 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    I had mouth sores so bad, I had to be hospitalized for 4 days. I lost 12 pounds due to not being able to eat and hardly drink anything.

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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    The worst ever people would tell me you have to eat. Until you have had chemo you can't even begin to understand this taste. I ha...

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  2. 7 months ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Always keep this had to have fluids all the time potassium stayed low

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  3. 7 months ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    This was terrible

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