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.

    • cheryncp
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    12 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    I had severe diarrhea caused by the targeted therapy drugs, Xalkori and Alecensa. A probiotic recommended by my oncologist has worke...

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    • Fran106
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    16 days ago
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    Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)

    Side Effects

    9 years out lost lots hair, not bald. No cancer though.

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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    18 days ago
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    Near death experience

    Side Effects

    Right hemicolonectomy. Followed by Folfox. Only side effect was neuropathy which persists. Reoccurrence in liver with surgery and re...

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    • RhondaM
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    19 days ago
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    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Feel sick with vomiting and diarrhea; depressed from not sleeping well. tired.

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    • Dslaughter
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fluid in the abdomen (ascites)

    Side Effects

    I had several side effects from neuropathy to hair loss to I still believe that there is something wrong with my stomach because it ...

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  1. about 1 month ago
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    Stomach distended and hard and will Not go away

    Side Effects

    I just had a bilateral mastectomy on the 29th of April 2020 and my drain stayed in for about 4 weeks but after I was able to move ar...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    When I was initially diagnosed stage IV RCC, I weighed 191 lbs. Two years later I weighed 204. Following that I started slowly los...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Vaginal dryness or irritation

    Side Effects

    Once I stopped taking the hormone replacement therapy in approximately 2016, I lost all sexual desire and became very dry and easily...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Skin changes

    Side Effects

    I seem to bruise quite easily and they take a couple of months to disappear. I am not on a blood thinner which many people ask me w...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    I started having bone and muscle pain about 1-1/2 years into treatment which eventually became quite severe. It is now well control...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Nausea/Vomiting

    Side Effects

    I have started to have issues with Nausea with dry heaves over the last 3 months. Generally mid-morning with the hot flashes but no...

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    • RobinW
    • Experience with Renal Cell Carcinoma
    2 months ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    When I was on the Votrient I had to stop my hormone replacement therapy that I had been on since going through menopause. Following ...

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