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.

    • Helen112
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Nausea and don’t want to eat

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    • jjmyers126
    • Experience with Lymphoma, Cervical ...
    6 months ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Also bone pain after my shot.

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  1. 12 months ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    First bad infection then got c diff in hospital

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  2. about 1 year ago
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    Stool leakage

    Side Effects

    Fistulas causing stool to leak into her vagina now. Colostomy bag put in. How much more can she stand?

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  3. about 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    She is 69 pounds now. She is wasting away from us.

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  4. about 1 year ago
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    Rectal-bladder fistula

    Side Effects

    Urine leaking through her vagina. Stints put in. She is in so much pain.

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    • Taz
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    I had multiple side effects.....

    Side Effects

    From a fistula, to colorectal bowel removal to multiple surgeries, nausea, tiredness, neuropathy, sleep deprivation, hair loss, mulr...

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  5. over 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    12.10.17- Mom began chemo 4 days ago. Shes been sleeping all day every day pretty much. A couple of days ago she had a bump burst on...

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    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    about 2 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Noticing nerve pain in my feet and legs a bit more recently. Not really painful but enough to get my attention---more like little e...

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    • Blaze
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Cervical...
    about 3 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    It looks like you can only pick one side effect out of the drop down menu so I chose the one I struggle with the most. I have weight...

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    • Diane12
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Headache, swelling, fatigue, mild nausea

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  6. about 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    The most painful thing from this whole experience is from the internal radiation treatments (6 total)....this is an outpatient surge...

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