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.

    • SDCindy
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    about 8 hours ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    After two years of chemo and radiation I feel like side effects are an every day occurrence. It varies vomiting, nausea, fatigue, pa...

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    • fct
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    4 days ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    too many side effects to mention

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    • Luvs
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell...
    28 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain, cramps in legs, fatigue,

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Depression/Anxiety

    Side Effects

    Was prescribed Celexa. But I think it was due to being on steroids so young!

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  2. about 1 month ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Terrible rash with erbitux resulting in blisters

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    • NoNo
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    2 months 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...
    3 months 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...
    3 months 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...
    3 months 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...
    3 months 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 ...
    3 months 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...
    3 months 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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