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...
    9 days 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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    • Gjsrs
    • Experience with Spindle Cell Tumor
    12 days ago
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    Kidney damage

    Side Effects

    AFib heart, severe dental damage, front of right pelvic hip replaced/one is now shorter than the other, minimal functioning right ki...

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    • Vino
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    21 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Joint pains..weight gain..

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    • jjs2019
    • Experience with B-Cell Lymphoma
    27 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Bone pain

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    • Katiesue
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Thinking problems

    Side Effects

    cognitive confusion

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    • elaine
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Side Effects

    I have started a new hormone drug for 1 month now and having problems with eating and keeping my weight. I can't seem to taste anyth...

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    • Buzzy
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Lymphedema

    Side Effects

    Not true lyphedema, called cording, on effected side

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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    about 1 month ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Had to occasionally take a break from chemo for my white blood cells to recuperate. Also had to get Nepogen injections in my stomach...

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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    about 1 month ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    Had neuropathy in my hands & feet, also partially up my legs. The hands eventually recovered. My legs are fine, my feet have only p...

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    • Sydney94
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Body aches, fatigue, lack of appetite

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    • Ninnie
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    about 1 month ago
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    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    Received 4 blood transfusions. Lost appetite. Fingernails fell off. Peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet.Tired all the time. Hai...

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Prejeta diarrhea pretty much from the start.

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