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.

    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    12 months ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Experienced depression about 6 months after diagnosis and treatment while trying to find the "new normal."

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    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    12 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extreme fatigue after having thyroid removed

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    • joanna1112
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma...
    12 months ago
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    Saliva changes (thick saliva)

    Side Effects

    Pain in salivary glands after I-131

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  1. about 2 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Seizures, adrenal failure, hypothyroidism, confusion, pain, bowel obstructions, anemia, hair loss, nausea, mood changes

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    • ludmila
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, T...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Pain and burning sensation in a left shoulder after second and third surgery.

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  2. almost 4 years ago
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    Temporary vocal cord paralysis.

    Side Effects

    Because the involvement of the thyroid tumor the surgeons had to work around my vocal cords. Which intern left me with paralysis and...

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    • Severt
    • Experience with Sporadic, Medullary Thy...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Way too many to list but overall was able to manage with dose reductions & other medicines

    Side Effects

    Compared to my 1st clinical trial drug this drug (Caprelsa) has been tolerable and has kept the cancer from growing for the past 6 y...

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    • justjill
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 4 years ago
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    loss of appetite and nausea

    Side Effects

    Radiation gave me no appetite and made me feel like I was going to vomit all the time.

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    • justjill
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Hypothyroid

    Side Effects

    Endocrinologist did not give me thyroid replacement meds, so I became Hypo and had terrible symptoms that I had no idea would occur.

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    • justjill
    • Experience with Papillary Carcinoma, ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Low Iodized calcium

    Side Effects

    Admitted back to the hospital for low calcium, hooked up to IV drip there for 3 days.

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    • TiffanyMA
    • Experience with Anaplastic Carcinoma...
    over 4 years ago
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    Bone fracture or break

    Side Effects

    The radiation caused me to cough a lot and I fractured several of my ribs.

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    • netadm2001
    • Experience with Follicular Variant ...
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    the fatigue was horrible and I only have about 2 - 3 hours worth of energy a day before I need to lay down

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