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.

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Early on in treatment, several years out it is minimal.

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Incontinence (cannot control urine)

    Side Effects

    With 3rd stem cell transplant (allo), due to certain chemotherapies and other medications. Took a several months to subside.

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    Actually changes, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to when it presents and goes away.

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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    Comes with the territory.

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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Did not have them until I recently got sick, January 2020. Thought to be a bi-product of a GVHD flare up. Diagnosed with Flu-B, not ...

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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Comes and goes with all treatments and with GVHD.

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Nature of the beast, currently monitoring my intake and have had to change what I intake. I am now a vegetarian, as my body refuses ...

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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    Being medicated presently, but it fluxuates. My script fluxuates according.

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Neverending, you learn to live with it. However, there are times of extreme fatigue and other times when it is so minimal you think ...

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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Both come and go, I think it is part of the cancer itself. I have found Xanax (only when needed), deep breathing, Reiki and meditati...

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    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Seeking treatment for this presently, I put it off for far it long. It is real.

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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Had to have one or two iron infusions and now take iron supplements.

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