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.

  1. 12 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Allergic reaction, tiredness

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  2. about 2 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Was told one year to live and I'm terminal who wouldn't be depressed about that? But I'm still going at 2 1/2 years

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    • Garlee
    • Experience with Kidney Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    Got P.R.E.S.S from votrient.very rare.also Takotsubo heart disorder :(

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    • Fjom
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 3 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Switched from 4 weeks on and 2 weeks on to 2 weeks on and 1 week off.

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    • Fjom
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 3 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Pancreatitis

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    • Tobefree
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 3 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    Got higher since the targeted therapy

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    • Tobefree
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Severe pain now

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    • Tobefree
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    about 3 years ago
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    Bone fracture or break

    Side Effects

    Bone in arm broke

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    • Robin_M
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    over 3 years ago
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    cognitive difficulties due to brain radiation

    Side Effects

    A year or 18 months after brain radiation, my husband's cognitive abilities declined. He had several alarming episodes of being unab...

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    • sherrylh
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Ca...
    about 4 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    The Sutent has caused a sore mouth, tiredness and aching joints & muscles

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    • gramster
    • Experience with Transitional Cell Car...
    about 4 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    In addition to the nausea/vomiting there was the dehydration, constipation and finding that food didnt always taste good. Depressio...

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    • Golfer
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    over 4 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I have many of the side effects on your list. Depression and Anxiety from them is a big problem

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