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.

    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Still have neuropathy 6 months after finishing chemo.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 days ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    Still low but increasing 6 months after chemo.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    7 days ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Lost taste completely but it returned quickly after I finished chemo.

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    • Bolduc44
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    16 days ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    numbness/tingling, fatigue, abd. pain, nausea, diarrhea

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    • PattyLou
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    23 days ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    fatigue and severe anemia were the only warning signs that led to discovery of a colon tumour (far from the rectum).

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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    My blood count was 4.8 Million/uL 3,5-5,5 Red blood cell.I couldn't deal with coldness at all during the summer if the wind blew ...

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    • wigit
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Take chemo on Wed. every other week and wear drip til Friday. After drip is took off I get sick. Throwing up, weak, and joints hurt....

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    • DedeLynn
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    7 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Very tired, weak, loss of weight, no appetite

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    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    7 months ago
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    Radiation Pneumonitis of the left lung

    Side Effects

    I had/have Radiation Pneumonitis that started in July 2018 and is finally starting to go away in mid August 2018. It was very painfu...

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    • Skeezix99
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    7 months ago
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    Side Effects

    Constipation, diarrhea, dehydration.

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    • CarolAnn51
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    8 months ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Can’t touch or eat or drink anything cold for a week after treatment

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    • Ching
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    8 months ago
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    High blood pressure (hypertension)

    Side Effects

    fatigue, weakness, high blood pressure, low blood count, no appetite and constipation

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