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.

    • Neeser
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Well in the first wk severe bone pain, every time 3days after treatment , fatigue and hot flashes, memory loss baldness more no tas...

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  1. 13 days ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Controlled with Prozac 30 mg and .25 of clonazapam daily

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  2. 24 days ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Still have daily nausea and anxiety Meds don't seem to be helping.

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  3. 25 days ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    I have a chemo fog constipation severe migraines extremely tired sleep a lot depression fear the unknown. Excessively dry mouth hot ...

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    • gttngd
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    29 days ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    There are at least ten side effects on the list of side effects. I experienced side effects of chemotherapy, the stem cell transpla...

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    • PookieR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    about 1 month ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Constant after Whipple. Heavily medicated on hydrocodone and elixir of opium to slow down digestion. Losing weight plus chemo issues.

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    about 1 month 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...
    about 1 month 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...
    about 1 month 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...
    about 1 month 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...
    about 1 month 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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    • CJLMomma
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leu...
    about 1 month ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    My 14 year old daughter has been cancer free for 8 years now. About every 3 months she has massive nerve pain where her portacath w...

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