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. about 7 hours ago
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    Side Effects

    Loss of appetite, loss weight, lost desire to eat, depression, low white blood cell count neuropathy, respiratory infection

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    Side Effects

    Broken arms, damage to spine

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  3. about 7 hours ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    and fatigue

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  4. 3 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I went through the 2nd Round of Chemo this week. Wow, all of my hair fell out, and my cranium is so sore. This is the sickest thu...

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  5. 5 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Hair loss. Neuropathy on hands and feet

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    • MargLucy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    I've begun my second cycle of chemotherapy which will target the HER-2 protein. I've been taking Taxol for two weeks, but even that ...

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    • Linr
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    14 days ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Terrible bone pain, switched off all oral meds to Faslodex.

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    • Linr
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    14 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Changed my diet to boost my red blood cell count.

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    • Roni50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    18 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Nerve pain is severe.

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    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    18 days ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Radiation made this possible and caused a big concern with my bone structure and density which can be also called Horis Lines create...

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    • Giuseppina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    22 days 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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    • sharkbayte
    • Experience with Melanoma, Vulvar Ca...
    22 days ago
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    Vaginal dryness or irritation

    Side Effects

    I have a leak of what they tested is water from my vagina not urine no fistulas no reason for a leak. I also have dryness, anemia, s...

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