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.

  1. over 2 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    I had them big bowel movements that is very liquid type.

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    • smit8100
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    about 4 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    I had 17 infusions of IV Abraxane and have had.chemo brain since. Sometimes more frequently than others. At first it was very anno...

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  2. over 4 years ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    First round of Perjeta, Herceptin, etc... last Friday. Diarrhea has been fast and furious since Saturday. Unlike anything I've ever ...

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    • rfiorella
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    over 4 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    for side effects I had extreme constipation, heavy fatigue, nausea, and eventually neuropathy. effects are cumulative but for me jus...

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    • BigD
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    over 6 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Started shedding at three weeks while shampooing in shower. Tool the electric clippers and gave myself a short buzz cut. So far th...

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    • BigD
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    over 6 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Adding stool softeners as a daily supplement and using Miralax as needed.

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    • BigD
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    over 6 years ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Got hammered in the first round and now take Neulasta to get the bone marrow to produce more. It helps but they still get hammered.

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    • Boberino
    • Experience with Breast Cancer in Men
    about 7 years ago
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    hair loss

    Side Effects

    In addition to hair loss I also had a change in taste. Very few things tasted good or were even palatable

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    • LesT
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    about 7 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    The side effect is minimal from the radiation and is treatable with medication, such as Gabapentin.

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  3. over 2 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

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  4. over 2 years ago
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    Hot flashes

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  5. over 2 years ago
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    Eating problems (anorexia)

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