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.

    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 1 month ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    Thyroid tumors - watch and wait phase

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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 1 month ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    Recurring, radiation induced melanoma.

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  1. 6 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Had to have a 2 unit platelet transfusion at one after starting radiation.

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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    12 months ago
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    Too many to list!

    Side Effects

    Ongoing.

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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    12 months ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Shingles following final chemotherapy treatment. 5 days spent in isolation at the hospital for treatment.

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    • Lolly916
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    12 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Complete. Between 1st and 2nd treatments.

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    • GailJ
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    My brain felt like a computer trying to run under the load of virus or adware. I knew the info was in there, but it was so slow to c...

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    • pattycake
    • Experience with Nodular sclerosing
    over 3 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Had chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months. Since my resistance was down, I was very careful to keep my suroundings as germ free as I cou...

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  2. over 3 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    ABVD neuropathy, joint pain, lung damage, weight gain, and fatigue

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    • jeanay2b
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 3 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    his palette is crazy... doesn't like anything anymore.

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    • jeanay2b
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 3 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    lost all hair during first cycle.

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    • jeanay2b
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 3 years ago
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    Fever

    Side Effects

    He gets fever every cycle after day 8 infusion which lands us in the ER and admitted for a few days.

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