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.

    • PattyF
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    3 days ago
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    I have many side effects from FolFox

    Side Effects

    fatigue, thinning hair, neuropathy, muscle spasms/cramps, tingling in fingers, blisters on hands and feet, nausea.

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  1. 13 days ago
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    Heart problems/heart damage

    Side Effects

    I just completed Chemo Cycle 3. The next day I was experiencing heart palpitations. Every time I lay down I felt my heart racing. ...

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    • BabsMags
    • Experience with Choriocarcinoma
    16 days ago
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    Mouth sores

    Side Effects

    Along with mouth sores, I lost taste my buds! Numerous other side effects, too!

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    • cherriepie
    • Experience with Undifferentiated Ca...
    17 days ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    numb face numbing of hand and foot equilibrium issues foggy head hearing loss

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  2. 17 days ago
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    could not eat

    Side Effects

    I needed a G-tube

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    • betheboo
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal...
    18 days ago
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    Low white blood cell counts (neutropenia)

    Side Effects

    Lost a lot of weight, had a lot of trouble eating and swallowing. Very nauseous. A lot of bloody noses.

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  3. 18 days ago
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    Allergic reaction

    Side Effects

    I had an allergic reaction while receiving Taxotere. I had a hard time breathing and my body tightened up. After this, they administ...

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    • Ligal
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    20 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    Arthritis, muscle spasms, dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, tendonitis, skin rash, anxiety.

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  4. 25 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Loss of appetite, loss weight, lost desire to eat, depression, low white blood cell count neuropathy, respiratory infection

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  5. 25 days ago
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    Side Effects

    Broken arms, damage to spine

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  6. 25 days ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    and fatigue

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  7. 28 days ago
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    Hair loss (alopecia)

    Side Effects

    I went through the 2nd Round of Chemo this week. Wow, all of my hair fell out, and my cranium is so sore. This is the sickest thu...

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