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.

  1. 44 minutes ago
    Kellymac12's Avatar

    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Nausea, pain

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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Some nausea at beginning, constipation with relief using Miralax, bone and joint pain, hair loss after third treatment, loss of appe...

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  3. 1 day ago
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    I am finding that my body is going through a lot of changes right now.

    Side Effects

    I expect to see changes this soon in the chemo process. But I know my body at least I think I know my body LOL and these aren't thin...

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    • shyone
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    6 days ago
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    nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood counts, hair loss, nail changes, fatigue

    Side Effects

    A few weeks after chemo-radiation ended, I couldn't eat or drink, had a pulmonary embolism, and kidney failure. Hospitalized. Recove...

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    • jbye
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    11 days ago
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    Mouth dryness

    Side Effects

    I found Xlimelts work very well for day or nite time. helps alot. I also keep a small spray bottle of biotene by my bed at nite. hop...

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    • PCaAware
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    12 days ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Lupron = not nice

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  4. 12 days ago
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    Infection

    Side Effects

    When I went back to the surgeon for the follow up after surgery, I had a pain in my lower right abdomen. I told him about it, but h...

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  5. 13 days ago
    jacksonfivemom's Avatar

    Diarrhea

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain. Exhaustion Vomitting Anxiety

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  6. 15 days ago
    Heavensent314's Avatar

    Anemia (low red blood cell counts)

    Side Effects

    My blood count was 4.8 Million/uL 3,5-5,5 Red blood cell.I couldn't deal with coldness at all during the summer if the wind blew ...

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    • LaurasSIL
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    15 days ago
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    Rash

    Side Effects

    Hives from either chemo or antibiotic reaction. Also diaper rash all over.

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    • LaurasSIL
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    15 days ago
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    Pain

    Side Effects

    Was doing great for first 2-3 weeks. At week 4 started on morphine. Pain is still at 5+. Don't know what is worse; interior or ex...

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    • LaurasSIL
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    15 days ago
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    Constipation

    Side Effects

    Afraid to take too much laxative because do not want diarrhea. Trying everything, especially the 'natural' stuff, raisins, prunes. ...

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