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.

    • betheboo
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    9 months ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Lost a lot of weight, had a lot of trouble eating and swallowing. Very nauseous. A lot of bloody noses.

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    • BILLY22
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esopha...
    over 1 year ago
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    Side Effects

    Minimum side effects, food taste burnt , saw bugs on ceiling, sweats.

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    I have such a problem eating. losing too much weight. I think.

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    • Hatman
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    about 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Just started noticing. Curiosity more than anything else. Not sure how to handle co-worker comments, if they ask.

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    • DIDeBerry
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    about 2 years ago
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    Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)

    Side Effects

    Constant hot and cold flashes. Never ran a fever though.

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    • DIDeBerry
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    about 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Not total loss yet but thinning in a major way. My beard has stayed intact however.

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    • DIDeBerry
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    about 2 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Ended up in emergency due to constipation. Pain pills caused the majority of my problems.

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    • PatriSolo
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Hands and feet have horrible neuropathy from the chemo, only relief is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, which can't be done as ...

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

    Side Effects

    I've decided to stop taking Taxol due to the neuropathy in my feet which includes my toes and a small part of the pad of the foot to...

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    • gpr80
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagu...
    over 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Still learning what foods I can eat. Get a stomach ache everytime I eat. Doc said this will take a year to stop.

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  3. over 4 years ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    Could swallow nothing and was fed entirely by tube for 2 years

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  4. over 4 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    He is down from 315 lbs. to 115 lbs. today?

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