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.

    • Ninnie
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    15 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Received 4 blood transfusions. Lost appetite. Fingernails fell off. Peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet.Tired all the time. Hai...

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    My symptoms were incredibly vague, Until I developed ascites, I had some tiredness and bloating, but nothing dramatic.

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    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    4 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    CIPN causes permanent pain and loss of fine motor skills in fingers and hands. It also caused my feet to lose almost all feeling. I ...

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    • Saw4750
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    6 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Actually there were several. The allergic reaction to one of the drugs in the chemo cocktail was the last. There is damage to one of...

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  2. 6 months ago
    • Charrison
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    6 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, extreme constipation, neuropathy, extreme fatigue, anemia mouth sores

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    • Reina
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian Tu...
    7 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Awful experience. Achy bone pain, nausea. Did not feel good.

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    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    7 months ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I’m still dealing with painful neuropathy in my feet. It leaves me vulnerable to falling.

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    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    7 months ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    It seemed like the ascites was never ending. Needed paracentesis frequently.

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    • Sasukesuma
    • Experience with Fallopian Tube Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Shortness of breath

    Side Effects

    Though it is hard to say sometimes if this is from the cancer or a-fib

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    • Sasukesuma
    • Experience with Fallopian Tube Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Insurance refuses to cover the shots they gave me for this.

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    • Sasukesuma
    • Experience with Fallopian Tube Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Who doesn’t with cancer

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