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.

    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    4 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    2 weeks after the 2nd round of Doxil, I developed mouth sores; my hands swelled up, turned a plum/red color and began to peel. I co...

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    • JCPV
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    I am having low platelet and low white count. I am also experiencing muscle/joint pain for about 7 days after infusion. Hair loss.

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    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    8 months ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    Had round 7 of chemo. Taxol went okay. . Nurse explained that in Round 7 or 8, side affects to the Carboplatin can happen, describi...

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    • Ellen007
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    10 months ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Even though I had been through menopause I had hot flashes and was more emotional, mostly crying because of little things. I was gi...

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    • Terguzie
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    10 months ago
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    Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia)

    Side Effects

    This is unreal.....my platelets started off low, but have not recovered well after each chemo. Last week they were as low as 13,000...

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    • JenWeber
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    10 months ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    I had mouth sores so bad, I had to be hospitalized for 4 days. I lost 12 pounds due to not being able to eat and hardly drink anything.

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    • MissWiz
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarc...
    11 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    The radiation has left me with intestinal pain and the Lymphedema is causing neuropathy in my feet

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    • MissWiz
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarc...
    11 months ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Since having a total hysterectomy and removal 19 lymphnodes, I developed a seroma, an abdominal infection, wound dehiscence, and un...

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    Blood sugar, high (diabetes)

    Side Effects

    After surgery I ended up on insulin for extremely high blood sugar

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    • rkatke
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    about 1 year ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Developed shingles during radiation treatment

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  3. about 1 year ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some nausea at beginning, constipation with relief using Miralax, bone and joint pain, hair loss after third treatment, loss of appe...

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