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.

    • acdotzler
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocyto...
    8 months ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    memory problems, fatigue, strokes

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    • makers
    • Experience with Astrocytoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Left side weakness including foot drop and loss of dexterity of left hand

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    • Cadubuc
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma...
    over 1 year ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue. Anorexia. Weight loss right hand and leg tremor. Expressive aphasia

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    • melkay
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    about 2 years ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    Despression, anxiety, constipation, erection problems, flu symptoms, extreme pain in legs, low white blood cells, breathing, skin...

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    • shelntony
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cor...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    cant think or remember stuff as quickly ..anxiety stays pretty high pain lever is always above a 10 I take on pain pill every8 hours...

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    • shelntony
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cor...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    anxiety nausea

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  1. over 3 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    The Avastin raised my blood pressure but it is now under control with medication.

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    • Suzy-q
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    over 3 years ago
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    scar tissue?

    Side Effects

    Seems I now have "something else" showing up on my MRI Started with December's MRI, which was bumped up from February, because of a ...

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    • RissaRooXx
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade ...
    over 3 years ago
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    Seizures

    Side Effects

    New diagnosis of post radiation epilepsy

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    Went to heart doctor who was no help because he said since I didn't have it written down, how cold he help him? Come back in 2 months.

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    • slynn
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma (...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    chemotherapy caused nausea and fatigue

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  3. almost 4 years ago
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    Side Effects

    The Photon and Proton initially did damage to one side of my salivary glands, but that has slowly returned over the years. (You do n...

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