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.

    • cherriepie
    • Experience with Undifferentiated Ca...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    numb face numbing of hand and foot equilibrium issues foggy head hearing loss

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    could not eat

    Side Effects

    I needed a G-tube

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    • Giuseppina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    3 months ago
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    Low blood pressure (hypotension)

    Side Effects

    If anyone needs to be put true radiation and chemo think 2 time before you say yes. I'll personally take (surgery ) knowing th...

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    • Jamminjam3
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not...
    3 months ago
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    Side Effects

    I have had 1 round of Chemo. I felt okay for the first 3 days. Today, my legs feel so wobbly. It actually hurts to walk. I tried an ...

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    • Berton
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orophar...
    3 months ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes bad, including water, losing weight due to can't stand the taste of food. I have a feeding tube in and get a bad...

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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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    • TomB
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinomas,...
    4 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    too much radiation in only 23 treatments over three months, after 13 treatments, had bad sinus infection and month later had 10 trea...

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    • Jdi
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, O...
    5 months ago
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    Nasal passsges clogged

    Side Effects

    Could be from surgery, but hard to breathe. Using Neilmed rinse and salt water baking soda. No relief and no sleep. Ideas?

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    • Jdi
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, O...
    5 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Four weeks out from finishing chemo and radiation. But mouth sores persist. Any home remedies?

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    • Jdi
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, O...
    5 months ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    Upper jaw cancer and lymph nodes removed, but no cancer there. Radiation and chemo done but trouble swallowing.

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    • Georganne
    • Experience with Malignant Lymphoma
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea and hair loss

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    • Auby
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Ringing in my ears, difficult swallowing

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