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.

    • sandy24013
    • Experience with Endocrine Tumor (NET)
    4 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Had a great surgon and his team also I just had ablation 3/19/have 6 very small cuts only had to stay in hospital overnight dr did u...

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    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    4 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I’m still dealing with painful neuropathy in my feet. It leaves me vulnerable to falling.

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    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    4 months ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    It seemed like the ascites was never ending. Needed paracentesis frequently.

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  1. 4 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Chemo, to this point, has been very tolerable. Very minimal side effects. I can eat. Surprisingly easy so far!

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    • ginger50
    • Experience with Neuroendocrine Carcin...
    4 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    anxious about disease progression,pain from surgery

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    • PitbullDad
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Sleeping and napping during the day. Lack of energy, motivation to do things

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    • Alyn
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Caused dry hacking cough

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Still have neuropathy 6 months after finishing chemo.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    Still low but increasing 6 months after chemo.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Lost taste completely but it returned quickly after I finished chemo.

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  2. 4 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Dehydrated- susceptible to cold, to people. Nausea all the time, metallic and painful mouth and gums. Hair fell out. Listlessness

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  3. 4 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Now about a year into immunotherapy my father is doing very well. No side effects and metasizd lesion in lungs have disappeared. He ...

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