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.

    • aedwards
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    about 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Side affects my husband is having are extreme fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea. He vomits, but that's due to the bile blockage....

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    • maddie1957
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    about 5 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    get a shot every 2 weeks after chemo. which causes bone pain.

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    • maddie1957
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    about 5 years ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    dry, thin skin that cuts ,scraps and bruises at almost any touch.

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    • Cyp
    • Experience with Intrahepatic, Bile Duct Ca...
    about 5 years ago
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    Side Effect: Terrible!

    Side Effects

    Don't laugh. Immediately post-op, hiccups began. Non-stop, heaving, painful (did I mention non-stop?) HICCUPS. They interfered with ...

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    • LadyLinden
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I was advised of side affects from clinical trial in Chicago and side affects of chemo recommended by Henry Ford Hospital. My cance...

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    • BK3
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcin...
    over 6 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, appetite loss, taste change, weight loss, sadness

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    • Bellamore
    • Experience with Intrahepatic, Bile D...
    over 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    I was on both the chemo pump and systemic at the same time. There came a week when I just bent over with the pain. No one could find...

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    • Gram517
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioca...
    over 6 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    chemo brain, constipation, fatigue, loss of appetite, thirst, general uckiness

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    • BobbiW
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    over 6 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    UGH without a doubt!! My tastes and cravings change almost hourly. This makes it difficult for my husband to prepare things for me...

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    • BobbiW
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    over 6 years ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    The swelling in my legs (from toes up to my thighs), has been a continuous issue since I began treatment. Initially, only 1 leg was...

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    • BobbiW
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    over 6 years ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    This occurs at approx. 1-week after the 2nd chemo treatment of Gemzar. I've suffered from severe nose bleeds, bringing me to the ER...

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    • BobbiW
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    over 6 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Now using Colace stool softeners, which seem to help some.....just having to get up and "go" nearly every 1/2 hour. UGH!!!

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