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.

    • FaithW
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach...
    about 1 month ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Week 2 after chemo I got the runs.

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    • FaithW
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stomach...
    about 1 month ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    I can not drink anything cold. It feels like broken glass going down, my fingers tingle with the touch of anything cold.

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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Going days without movements.

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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Seems to be having confusion especially in the mornings

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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Just about every side effect you can have.

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    • dstumpf1
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, nausea, severe pain, metal mouth, vomiting

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    • Lmcna10705
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sto...
    over 2 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Hair loss, nausea and vomiting, blood clots, rash, bleeding gums are just some present side effects. I was diagnosed in July already...

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  1. over 3 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Very little nausea now, Taking chemo pill with Diet Coke helps. No more blood clots or blood thinners now. Fatigued, but do not l...

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    • alexsandra
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Sto...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    on my 6 session of chemo. she had the worst allergic reaction. Her skin had large hives, felt burning sensation and extremely itchy.

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    • Hlara15
    • Experience with Stomach Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Way too many that are and aren't listed ...

    Side Effects

    Chemo Brain, Numbness on my finger tips, Heavy exhaustion, Nausea,Sleep apnea and A short temper which I have never had before.

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    • kashubian
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Stom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The fatigue was pretty brutal, but finally, after New Years, he seems to be turning the corner on that. He still only has x-amount ...

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  2. over 4 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

    Side Effects

    Grandpa is so skinny, and has an inflated belly. Only drinks small cups of cold water.

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