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.

    • Russ
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Stomach ...
    4 days ago
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    Side Effects

    For the short period of chemo for 2 weeks I had red hand/red feet. I am still paying for red feet with severe sores.

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    • honey216
    • Experience with Spindle Cell Tumor
    7 days ago
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    Hypothyroidism

    Side Effects

    Thanks to my neck and chest being radiated 2x in 10 years, my thyroid no longer functions normally. That means I'm taking Levoxyl fo...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    10 days ago
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    Mood changes

    Side Effects

    I was labeled as having mood swings because I was honest about how I felt about getting burned at the radiation department along wit...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    10 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Pain in my mastectomy site. Joint pain is horrible. I take Lyrica because of nerve pain. I truly think my fibromyalgia that was diag...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    10 days ago
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    Fever

    Side Effects

    I have constant low grade fevers. It may be due to the herceptin treatment but my last treatment was a month ago. I also take arimid...

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    10 days ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Some days I wake up with tremors and feel fear to my core.

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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    10 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    My shoulder hurts bad and my arm goes numb while driving or using my computer mouse at work.

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    • yosoyme
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    10 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    tremors on left side

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    My symptoms were incredibly vague, Until I developed ascites, I had some tiredness and bloating, but nothing dramatic.

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    • TerriL
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    18 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Two months post-treatment. People think I should be bouncing back to normal. I don't even know what normal is any more. I'm just ...

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    • mebeam
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Leuke...
    21 days ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    Diagnosed with congestive heart failure

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    • Suekg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    27 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    It seems that as I moved through the one year mark since my last treatment (I spent 3 weeks in the hospital, my white count was2, my...

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