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.

    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Joints hurt all of the time

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some days I am too tired to get up

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    They don't tell you that it's coming

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Cough

    Side Effects

    Persistent cough now for 4.5 months

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Confusion

    Side Effects

    Unable to remember how to do things halfway through a task sometimes

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    • Marwin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostat...
    5 months ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Some days in a fog and forgetting actual words when speaking.

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  1. 7 months ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    Steroids do to chemo made sugar levels sky rocket and kidney function room decrease

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  2. 7 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    No energy,body pain in metastasized areas. Extremely tired.

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    • Nolieben
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Haven't started treatment yet

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  3. 8 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Chemo, to this point, has been very tolerable. Very minimal side effects. I can eat. Surprisingly easy so far!

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  4. 8 months ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    also 2 1/2 years on luperon, severe joint pain. required cortisone injections, i.m. No sex drive. All good after coming off of luperon.

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    • Prostate
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    9 months ago
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    Breast tenderness or growth

    Side Effects

    ALso tiredness , and not wanting to eat sometimes . Also Headache occasionally. Irritated urethra which makes urination slow and dri...

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