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.

    • NanRN
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    7 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Anemia, white count depleted, low platelets, fever, frequent bowel movements, vaginal pain, lethargy, hair loss, loss of appetite,

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    • Migrant
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Aside from hair loss, my husband had neuropathy until now which is 15 months after his treatment, he had sensitivity to touching col...

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    • Zombea1963
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarci...
    almost 4 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    It wasn't the worst thing, I look cute bald

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    • njflower
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Diarrhea, Hair loss, low white blood cell counts, low red blood cell count, hand foot syndrome, nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)...

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    • jenpwrs
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    extreme fatigue for months, rarely out of bed, unable to stand

    Side Effects

    on this regimen for two years at that point

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    • Sheils
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    There were so many side effects. There always is for everyone. Bleeding skin around nails Nose bleeds Bruising Hair thinning E...

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    • Migrant
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinom...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    He developed CDiff after he went through intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

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    • Louley
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    almost 5 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    when is it coming back? whart will the end be like?

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    • Jaden
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    about 6 years ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Low red count, low white count, nausea, diarrhea, hair lost, gum bleed, nose bleed, mouth sore, thick mucus. These are all current ...

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    • maralyn
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    nobody told me i would go into menopause!!!

    Side Effects

    at first i thought the hot flashes was the pain meds,,, then i thought it was just how nutritionally unhealthy i was,,, my moods wer...

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    • Lena
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    over 6 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    unable to eat blockage in stomach makes it too painful

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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Almost constant nausea, throwing up, being tired all the time, weakness, ulcers, difficulty swallowing and eating. Also irritabilit...

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