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.

    • Couke
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Colorec...
    over 1 year ago
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    Side Effects

    Nerve damage from the treatments, black hands and nails, also feet are black and hurt all the time and of course nausea and weakness

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    The meds have caused more to start having random panic attacks. I hate this cuz i never know when to expect them. This morning i was...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Simply thinning hair for now but my entire scalp is extremely sore to touch, wash, brush etc

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

    Can't get my mind to shut down. OverThinking is bad for me

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Taste change/loss

    Side Effects

    Everything tastes spoiled or rotten for the first week after chemo

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Sexual side effects

    Side Effects

    No sex drive whatsoever

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    On right side under ribs on front and back, Dr says it's from my liver tumors

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    During chemo treatment my legs from knees down hurt and ached all day and when i woke up today my feet and hands have tingled all da...

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Usually get car sick easily now and about the 2nd day after chemo i get pretty sick.

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    Biotene helps a little but sometime i Just cant handle the taste

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    Can't seem to control crying. Sometimes for No reason. I have very emotional days

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Memory changes

    Side Effects

    Can't remember the simplest things that may have even happened that day or very recently

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