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.

  1. 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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  2. 12 months ago
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    Side Effects

    So far, no side effects. Fingers crossed.

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    • Hflores
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    In May of 2017, I started on the targeted treatment medication Taflinar and Mekinist. Fatigue is the worst side effect I have exper...

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  3. almost 2 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    I expected diarrhea. I ended up with mild constipation that also lead to a "blockage" in my GI tract. This blockage caused regurgi...

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  4. almost 2 years ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Horrific rash over entire body. I never want to go through that again. Prednisone and a break from treatment where necessary. Sti...

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Thyroid problems

    Side Effects

    Cause by Nivo

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Cough and brathing problems due to Nivo and tumors in lungs. Had lungs drained 3 times. 1 more and tube in chest will be placed.

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Unable to et ue to tumor blocking and causing pain, and no appetite and nausea I rent from 103 5ft 4 ( yes I was already thin) to mi...

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Blood Clots

    Side Effects

    2 in my left arm

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    Fluid in my heart and abnormal heartbeat from mediastinal tumof

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Along with major fatigue! !!

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I cant stand the burning ichy feeling in my head from the Nivo

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