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.

    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
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    Dumping syndrome

    Side Effects

    I didn't know. When they fed the formula in the hospital, I almost immediately had to go to the bathroom. They eventually sent me ...

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    • Dkatsmeow
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    4 days ago
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    Too many to count

    Side Effects

    1st go round was lack of taste. took about 6 months for that to come back. Some hair loss at nape. 2nd X OH BOY! I had a tempora...

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    11 days ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    His mouth is still so sore and his tongue feels huge. He is having a hard time getting enough in him to maintain his weight.

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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    11 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    My husband has been in pain since the surgery in August. He is at a constant three at all times. He doesn't sleep much all; a couple...

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    • CJLMomma
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leu...
    14 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    My 14 year old daughter has been cancer free for 8 years now. About every 3 months she has massive nerve pain where her portacath w...

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    • Dppm1124
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Ur...
    17 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Did not feel like doing much. Although I know I should exercise, I have little energy to do it.

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    • pompeysh1a
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    18 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Again, from the beginning of my diagnosis, fatigue is an ongoing problem that I work hard at managing on a regular basis.

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    • pompeysh1a
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    18 days ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    From the beginning lymphedema is a very challenging side effect for me.

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    • pompeysh1a
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    18 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    When taking the carbo/pem/bev intravenous chemotherapy and later a targeted therapy called Crizontinib, diarrhea was terrible for me.

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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    18 days ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    The nausea got to be too much and I quit taking Zejula in May 2018.

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    this i think is related to radiation and just the diagnosis it self and meds as well

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  2. 18 days ago
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    Breast tenderness or growth

    Side Effects

    from radiation

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