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.

    • NoNo
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    10 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Someday’s it is so hard to walk!!

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    • WendyP
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    15 days ago
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    Side Effects

    chemo brain lasts longer than expected

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    • WendyP
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    15 days ago
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    Side Effects

    I had a heart attack from the side effects of chemo

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    • Cathy1025
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat C...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Side effects have been harder than treatment I have days where I feel like a truck hit me..chemo brain forgetful at times trouble s...

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    • pattypie
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    really did not have any bad side effects just tired and puffed up from steriods and bored from being low energy and having to try to...

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    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Side Effects

    Low blood sugar...nerve damage. Red hands / red feet. My hands were red on the inside, and extremely sore to the point where I cou...

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    • quimera
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    about 1 month ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Caused by a number of things, and/ or stemming from or exaserbated by radiation treatment. Serious 24/7 pain, which I manage well ...

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Neuropathy continues to disturb my daily life. My legs are weak and ands and feet hurt at night.

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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    I stayed depressed and started hearing voices to shoot my brains out. Literally. It was awful for me. I am still having pain a year ...

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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    Since 2014 first diagnosed and again 2019. I still have daily nausea..seems to be getting worse. Jittery kind of feeling like anxiet...

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    • Neeser
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Well in the first wk severe bone pain, every time 3days after treatment , fatigue and hot flashes, memory loss baldness more no tas...

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  4. about 1 month ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Controlled with Prozac 30 mg and .25 of clonazapam daily

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