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.

    • Cathy1025
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Side effects have been harder than treatment I have days where I feel like a truck hit me..chemo brain forgetful at times trouble s...

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    4 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    How do I get my husband to try to eat? He started out at 157 pounds and is now down to 113 pounds. We go to the doctor in a couple d...

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    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    5 months ago
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    Dumping syndrome

    Side Effects

    I didn't know. When they fed the formula in the hospital, I almost immediately had to go to the bathroom. They eventually sent me ...

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    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    5 months ago
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    Too many to count

    Side Effects

    1st go round was lack of taste. took about 6 months for that to come back. Some hair loss at nape. 2nd X OH BOY! I had a tempora...

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    5 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    His mouth is still so sore and his tongue feels huge. He is having a hard time getting enough in him to maintain his weight.

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    5 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    My husband has been in pain since the surgery in August. He is at a constant three at all times. He doesn't sleep much all; a couple...

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    • Grammyto6
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Orop...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I also have anxiety/depression, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, neuropathy and others

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    • Topher
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Sarcinoma
    10 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    https://youtu.be/6x42BHnINpQ

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    • cherriepie
    • Experience with Undifferentiated Ca...
    about 1 year 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...
    about 1 year 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...
    about 1 year 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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