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.

    • PattyF
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    5 days ago
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    I have many side effects from FolFox

    Side Effects

    fatigue, thinning hair, neuropathy, muscle spasms/cramps, tingling in fingers, blisters on hands and feet, nausea.

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Side Effects

    I had my 1st mop-up round of chemo and disconnected from the pump on Thursday. I made the two hour drive to my mountain place and re...

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    • greal57
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    chronic constipation

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  2. 2 months ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    See chemo treatment

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    • BruceB
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Well, I haven't posted on here in a while because I got tired of writing "downer" posts. But there are enough "vacant" profiles her...

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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...
    3 months 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...
    4 months 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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  3. 7 months ago
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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
    8 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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