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.

    • blancorq2
    • Experience with Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    over 1 year ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    dry mouth and very sore throat

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    • MNM1983
    • Experience with Basal Cell Carcinoma, ...
    about 2 years ago
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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    Had AML Leukemia when I was 5 months old. Afterwards through my life I have had 4 leg surgeries (had 8 screws and a metal plate put ...

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    • Trinkathy
    • Experience with Atypical/Agressive B...
    about 4 years ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    Unfortunately I developed cellulitis from the surgery at the wound site.

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  1. almost 5 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    He has lost too much weight to have chemo to treat the new tumor.

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    • Nancy7
    • Experience with Atypical/Agressive Basa...
    about 5 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Mostly body hair, arms, eyelashes, eye brows, chest. He has lost some of the hair on his head.

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    • detective
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I have constant nausea and severe fatigue when I am applying the ointment. It is worrisome as the doctors seem surprised by how stro...

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    • Wawa
    • Experience with Basal Cell Carcinoma, Ski...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    BOOP its a rear form of pneumonia you get from chemo and many others

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  2. over 5 years ago
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    muscle soreness after exercise

    Side Effects

    Onset of soreness after exercise lasting for over a week.

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    • triathlyn
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    over 5 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Very large areas excised; now skin, stretched is completely dying; told I will lose it! Terrified!

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    • Deb56
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    mouth dryness,stuffy noae, Fatigue, loss of appetite,sore throat

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  3. almost 7 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I was really depressed and nervous about the cancer and the impending surgeries. My grades started to drop due to the surgeries, but...

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  4. almost 7 years ago
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    Bleeding

    Side Effects

    I was using Aldara on my skin cancer. First it wass to get rid of it, then it was to shrink it, but I started to bleed after using i...

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