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.

    • suelynn
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Uro...
    about 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Very tired. Slept a lot. Had a permanent hearing loss caused by cisplatin.

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  1. over 2 years ago
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    Side Effects

    The original diagnosis was in October 2012. The surgery and the chemo treatments seemed so smooth, but I felt a lot of discomfort wh...

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    • noam1944
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Dry mouth, inability to taste, constipation, inability to eat, lost 45+ lbs. and still losing after having bladder removed

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    am now taking nitro and may need a stent and pace maker heart beat changes dramatically

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  3. over 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    taking trazadone at night for neuropathy

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  4. over 3 years ago
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    Erection problems

    Side Effects

    working with urologist for this problem no good results so far

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  5. over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    having cognitive and concentration problems

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  6. over 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Has been to the ER multiple times. Once for extreme pain from hydronephrosis, anothertime with bad infection,MERSA, and a blood clot.

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    • Lobotex
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Low red blood cells, low white blood cells and low platelet counts. Many transfusions of blood and platelets along the way. Very wea...

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    • nxm165
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Low neuphrils, low red cells, hemoglobin, platelets and then had an allergic reaction to the platelet transfusion....scarey

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    • angelgrl
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Having really bad anxiety and depressive episodes all the time now.

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    • angelgrl
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I did experience chemo brain and still experiencing the effects of this side effect along with confusion at times. Having to see a t...

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