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.

    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    2 months ago
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    Bone thinning (osteoporosis)

    Side Effects

    Radiation made this possible and caused a big concern with my bone structure and density which can be also called Horis Lines create...

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    • Maga
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
    6 months ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    I had routine blood work done for my kidney doctor. I was born with one kidney. He called the next day and said go to ER immediately...

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    • Nyctimes
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leu...
    about 1 year ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Had to have many blood transfusions

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    • Harlee
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leukemi...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Bone pain fatigue

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    • Ruthiec
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leukem...
    over 1 year ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    We finally figured out time of day to take Sprycel. He started taking it in the mornings so he wouldn't forget. However, he was ex...

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Fevers with aches and chills. Mouth sores which made it hard to talk, eat or swallow. I experienced pain digesting as well. Laser li...

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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Had all the typical side effects: pain, diarrhea, etc. Worst part during this part was the fevers. Really high and really horrible.

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    • cantcope
    • Experience with Chronic Lymphocytic L...
    over 1 year ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Doctor put me on Imbruvica Sept. 2017. I didn't have too many problems the first month but it hit me like a ton of bricks on the 2nd...

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    • ddrewry86
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leuk...
    over 1 year ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Bone pain from Sprycel that will sometimes debilitate me

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    • ddrewry86
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leuk...
    over 1 year ago
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    Swelling (edema)

    Side Effects

    This also ties in with weight gain. I am always retaining water

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    • ddrewry86
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leuk...
    over 1 year ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Nausea from time to time

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    • ddrewry86
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leuk...
    over 1 year ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Not severe but enough to be annoying and mess with my self esteem

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