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.

    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    17 days ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Had to occasionally take a break from chemo for my white blood cells to recuperate. Also had to get Nepogen injections in my stomach...

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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    17 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Had neuropathy in my hands & feet, also partially up my legs. The hands eventually recovered. My legs are fine, my feet have only p...

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    • malbarmu
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue and Neuropathy highly featured,

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    • Bolduc44
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    8 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

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

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    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    about 1 year 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...
    about 1 year ago
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    Side Effects

    Constipation, diarrhea, dehydration.

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    • CarolAnn51
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    over 1 year 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...
    over 1 year 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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    • SheB
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorecta...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, bowel obstruction constipation memory nerve damage to name a few

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    • ALERO
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    over 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Thrush, sensitivity to hot and cold to touch, profuse sweating, sreroid reaction, heparin reaction, crushing fatigue, back ache

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    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    over 1 year ago
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    Vaginal stenosis

    Side Effects

    I developed vaginal stenosis after my pelvic radiation. Through the help of a pelvic floor physical therapist and the use of vaginal...

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    • medale
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Blood Clot

    Side Effects

    Last week I first noticed that I was running a low-grade fever. We had our first cold day and I was wearing my winter jacket and hat...

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