• What other health problems have you developed in addition to cancer since being diagnosed?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Sunday, April 16, 2017

    What other health problems have you developed in addition to cancer since being diagnosed?

    Have you developed, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney issues, etc? And, were they a result of the cancer, the treatment, or unknown if associated?

    34 Answers from the Community

    34 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I had Sepsis Pneumonia six months ago and almost died. I have B Cell Lymphoma and that is part of my immune system SO it doesn't work so great anymore and probably it will keep going down hill....I all the way better now BUT Many cancer patients in the end die of Pneumonia....Right now I'm ok but STILL Worry every time I find a new lump or bump, have a new pain or pains, find some new thing growing on my skin OR just feel anxious, tired or just plain crappy...

      11 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      My cancer was stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma. My first surgery, right nephrectomy, was more involved than most. A tumor grew from the kidney up through the inferior vena cava and into the right chamber of my heart.To this day I have a leaky tricuspid valve from the heart surgery. It was a complicated bypass, blood vessel repair - and eventually nephrectomy. They saw that I had a very small mass on my left kidney at the time of this surgery but felt that it wasn't safe to keep me under anesthesia any longer so that was left to be addressed later. My remaining kidney would not restart and had to have dialysis for 7 weeks before I was ready to come off of it (hated it). I had a TIA shortly after surgery so that was a complication that wasn't expected.Also pneumonia. So since the initial surgery I have to be on an anticoagulant, have high blood pressure, Afib/flutter and CHF. I was a heavy smoker for many, many years so I have myself to blame for having to stay on a ventilator for just less than 7 weeks with COPD that I hadn't known I had. I was admitted on September 28th 2006 and was discharged for home on December 11th, the last three weeks being rehab. I came home with Stage III chronic kidney failure which just recently is starting to worsen. I was released on o2 at 1 liter 24/7 which is now up to 3.5. My first of many return trips to the hospital was Dec.30th. At this time (after an additional surgery) I am very anemic from the oral chemo I started to take when I had a 3rd mass appear. Have weekly blood work, shots for my hemoglobin every 3 months and have had 5 treatments of transfusions.Chemo brain is a problem as well. Prior to becoming ill with no warning I was very active in my Management of large hotels and traveling the US and Costa Rica as Director of Operations for a Hotel Management group. I admit to sometimes being short of breath with extreme exercise or heavy lifting and had a pretty good idea it was from the smoking. I ate a pretty healthy diet, drank socially (Grand Marnier was my poison of choice) and then weighed what I should have for my height. I did suffer from hypothyroidism at that time and on medication. I would probably have had a weight problem, as I do now, if I hadn't been so active.

      11 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Before cancer I had many health problems cancer seems to have kicked them all up a notch or two. I have had a surgery site hernia and an obstructed bowel due to scar tissue from surgery. I am dealing with infected teeth due to radiation. And yeah these things are uncomfortable but I am here and I am very glad to be here.

      11 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Pasteurella multicido-from a dog bite--it goes off on cancer patients and people exposed to radiation. I was hospitalized a week for that. Because of a hospitalist-I was discharged from the hospital without any antibiotic. Fri. Tues my doctor came in-and I was waiting for him-nobody could believe what we were telling them-so a plow horse size shot in the rear and a jug of augumentin.

      A general eyelid infection that turns my lids a delightful red from the radiation. It never goes away. I scrub my lids- hold hot wash cloths on them, etc. radiation shrinks the capilarries, so the circulation is reduced- Voila-- red eyelids. lots of eye drops and night time gel.

      Lockjaw- I kid you not!! Reduced immune system, dirty bent nails and screws in my pocket-fatigued -sat down-screws puntured my thigh. It left a sore that wouldn't heal up.. Went in for sinus-plugged estachion tubes, plugged ears, feverish, stiff thighs, and stiff just below my ears, headache. I said-- My ears bother me-all plugged up-etc. They said Sinusitis--I said can you look at this sore too-urgent care. I explained about picking up dirty screws. They called in other doctors and they all stared at me. Do your legs hurt-yes-They changed the the antibiotic-and i was told that in about 10 days, I would have had to be hospitalized. Then they gave me a big antibiotic shot in my rear and a jug of antibiotic.

      I was told to use sun block. I got cancer recommended sun block--in 24 hours-my radiation site turned red, burned like scalded-u No hurt, and it was swelled up. So, doctors kept coming in-the inside of my nose was swelled shut. One side of my face normal- and the other side-not normal. She needs to go to her oncologist. No-she needs to go the oncology radiologist because it's a radiation problem. No it's an ENT problem-her nose is swelled shut and she's in pain. No it's obviously a dermatology problem. No-it's an allergy problem. I said-- How about my GP? Get me an appt with him quickly. So I saw him 4 days later and he smacked his head against the wall. Overdosing on Benedryl and cold damp wash clothes at home got me through it. I kid you not about any of this. I'm terrified to have any cream on my face.

      Constant sinus and ear infections because radiation shrank the little blood vessels so I don't have good circulation.

      11 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Too many and still at it.

      11 months ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar

      Atrial fibrillation, hypothyroidism and cataracts.

      11 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I started to say that I was really lucky and have no other health problems ... but I remembered I do have several as a result of treatment. My thyroid quit functioning correctly soon after I started immunotherapy. That is easily controlled with a little pill (though it sure does nothing for my extra weight :-( ).

      I have to take a daily Prilosec due to reflux. The problem began well into my cancer treatments, but I don't know if it is a result of cancer treatments or not. Could be.

      And, I now have an allergy to the iodine used during CT scans. This is potentially, perhaps, the most dangerous of the side effects I have developed, but as long as I don't get exposed to the iodine, there are no problems there either. I am unlikely to forget about this allergy so it is doubtful there will be another allergic reaction to worry about!

      11 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Sigh. I think the whole cascade stemmed from unknowingly living with toxic mold hidden behind the walls of the house.

      Blood disease which affected organ functions
      Mold allergy (still affecting my so called life) which causes symptoms of its own
      Constant bleeding from a radiation scar (energy drain)
      Decaying teeth
      Weight gain
      Shortness of breath
      Getting older

      So there is a twinkle in the darkness

      11 months ago
    • SnoopyMoody's Avatar

      My feet... The neuropathy is painful and just a problem! I keep going though. My foot doctor visit was a joke. I keep my foot bath close, that helps and Spring is here. A few more weeks, and I can soak my feet in Lake Superior or Michigan, lol, no, really!

      11 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I developed rheumatoid arthritis as a result of immune treatment. I also have a collapsed/fracture hip also a result of treatments

      11 months ago
    • mdybas' Avatar

      Before chemo I never had heartburn or reflux. Since chemo I am on Nexium every day. Also I have never been allergic to anything, but now am going through a battery of testing because I am have allergic reactions to multiple things. Every reconstruction surgery the reaction is worse so now we have to find all the things I am allergic to before I can proceed with my reconstruction. I am alive though, so I guess I am on the better side of this!!

      11 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      I actually had a skin condition called Grovers go away from the decadron I took a year ago when I had Radiation....This is the only disease where the treatments are so harsh.....Hope they find something ASAP...

      11 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Yeah, Barry you're right-neuropathy, body parts removed, blood vessel damage, GERD, bone and teeth damage, arthiritis, burns, fear, treatments that cause new cancers, inability to eat, hormone gland damage, chemo-cancer brain, and medical community dismissing many problems by saying you have this, FATIGUE, Compromised immune system, hair loss, taking 5,000 new meds to fight the effects of treatment, being told that you aren't being positve,

      11 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Depression (that has finally lightened) from the treatment
      and osteoporosis from the Arimidex.

      11 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis in hands & feet
      Facial nerve damage from surgery
      Lung problems from methotrexate
      Constant back pain

      11 months ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Before my ovarian cancer diagnosis I underwent one heart surgery and a heart cath. After the diagnosis I've had a second heart surgery and have been diagnosed with bilateral lymphedema, fibromyalgia, degenerative spinal disease, hypothyroidism, respiratory problems, and carcinoid tumors of the small intestine as well as having surgery for a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder and surgery on my left Achilles tendon. Soon I have to undergo surgery for a torn meniscus in my right knee. I also have osteoarthritis in both hips.

      11 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Sorry derbygirl .I can't put a like .I wish we had unlike,sad or something to go with this post.God be with you.

      11 months ago
    • MyahsMom's Avatar

      Since my cancer diagnosis I have developed peripheral neuropathy in both feet and legs (so much fun). I also have some 'survivor's guilt' since my hubby had cancer and was diagnosed after I was and died a short time later. I have had to have my thyroid removed (thank God it wasn't cancerous) and am now on that little pill every day. My arthritis is wonderful in my right wrist and fingers (I'm right handed) and my fingers on the right hand look like over-stuffed sausages. I fell and fractured my femur back in early Nov., 2016, and had surgery and physical therapy (still some pain and using a cane). Saw my oncologist recently and told her why I had the cane and she said my blood clot from the surgery was probably mostly caused from the surgery but that the Tamoxifen I've been on played a part in that blood clot too (how wonderful!). She immediately told me I had 'graduated' and took me off the medication. I asked if that meant the cancer would/could return and she said "probably not". This did NOT make me feel comfortable. Many other aches and pains but I've already bored you all enough. Glad to wake up every day.

      11 months ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      Gallbladder, pancreatitis, thyroid, weight gain, hernia, enlarged & black lymph nodes... All I can think of off hand -- oh, chemo brain!

      11 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar

      Since the 1st diagnoses- Aspiration pneumonia (can't swallow). Had ospeninia, now i have osteporosis & a broke hip. that took 3 pins. Can't swallow. They cut a nerve. increase risk for stroke. They also took jugular tube on the left side. This was from the surgery for the 2nd cancer diagnoses. Some incontinense, Weight loss. 70 lbs. I only weighed 140lbs to start with. Dry mouth, numbness in feet & hands, Hypothyrodisim. Hair is failing out by the fistfuls & is really thin. I hope it is nutrional or related to my thyroid. We'll see if it will ever thicken up. TMJ My jaw locks to lock/seize up. Very painful.Can only have formula for food in my peg tube. Would love to eat normally. may never. Skin is really dry. cold all the time. And it's only been 2 years so far. Oh teeth discolored from the radiation. AAHHH! What's down the road? We will see.

      11 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      @ Dkatsmeow----I'm so sorry---

      11 months ago
    • lroz57's Avatar

      I now have degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, bulging discs & neuropathy in both legs.

      11 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      I think that Peripheral neuropathy was one of the worst things I ever went through. A sheet hurt my feet and ankles. I feel so sorry for you. That's one of the reasons that I'm happy that I was only a radiation patient. My heart feels for all of you.

      11 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Peripheral neuropathy, vestibular dysfunction which has caused severe balance issues (resulting in falls, broken bones, vertigo), medically-induced menopause, GERD/Barrett's Esophagus, and a possible stroke which has affected my processing capabilities and along with the chemo brain has destroyed my memory and ability to learn and remember new things. That has severely affected my confidence and job performance....but I'm alive and cancer-free.

      11 months ago
    • rene2's Avatar

      After reading all the previous responses I think mine are hardly worth mentioning. Since cancer and chemo I have GERD that has worsened, memory loss, lack of focus, depression, low energy, sleeplessness, peripheral neuropathy in my feet and hands, and I tire easily. I was on HRT when I was diagnosed and went off immediately, but now I'm on the other side of menopause, thankfully, and I don't need the hormones anymore.

      11 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Anything that impacts our lives is worth mentioning.. I'm not reading all the posts again, but frustration---affects me, and I know that Whatnexters that I gossip with seem to face frustration a lot. Helps that I'm coming down from steriods. Sometimes I just don't take things well--personal time table to clean the yard-house, want to cook but sometimes I'm fatigued-really-and I pass cooking off to somebody else. Wanting to do something else besides sit in my recliner--

      Cancer and following conditions are made worse and frustrating by the system here that seems to be falling apart. I've been on hold for about 30 minutes. I'm seeing a Speech Pathologist tomorrow for assesment. I'm trying to find out what my co-pay is. $15 or $50 they hope. Sometimes it's a few hundred off either way.

      11 months ago
    • JNW's Avatar

      Chronic pain around the mastectomy site, neuropathy, traditional and complex migraines, on-going fatigue, lymphedema risk, neurological/cognitive issues that are just now being taken seriously, depression, anxiety, joint/muscle pain

      11 months ago
    • CVWeisler's Avatar

      Has anyone been diagnosed with an auto immune disease? I have been fighting Folllicular Non Hodgkins for 10 yrs this month with 2 relapses, i was misdiagnosed over this auto immune disease for 3 months after seeing 4 different doctors, i finally was told what it was, after dealing with cancer all these yrs i now have an auto immune disease that will be with me the rest of my life even though i am in "remission" for now, this disease is acalled oral lichen panus and it affected the inside of my mouth, cheeks, tongue and throat which made it impossible to eat food, brush my teeth, my bottom lip lost all the keratin and was open and raw, i know i have always been a strong person but this brought me down to my knees worse than the cancer ever did. It is now under control with lovely steriods, doctor told me that my boday going under the stress of cancer/chemo is what caused it and the weak immune system, i have only talked to one person who has it, but she said it was nothing compared to what i went thru.

      11 months ago
    • Betsy's Avatar

      I had diabetes about 7 years prior to breast cancer,-always under control with just pills; but after chemo-my diabetes has never been fully under control again-over 5 years. The steroids had my blood sugar over 500 sometimes, 35 at others. I have peripheral neuropathy that the docs claim is due to diabetes, but I never had neuropathy until I had cancer treatment. The blood streaks on my skin from radiation damage. Tendonitis. Now, 6 years after initial BC diagnosis, metastatic disease to lung and liver. Depression.

      11 months ago
    • buffcody's Avatar

      The cure is worse than the disease. Well not really, but sometimes it seems to come close. I have been on some form of immunotherapy for about a year and a half of the time since I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma almost 5 years ago. Victories: I'm still alive; only one met; it has shrunk significantly; previous brain tumors eliminated. Not so much: 1. type 1 diabetes; succession of Grave's Disease, Hashimoto's Disease, thyrotoxicosis, no working thyroid, hypothyroidism; adrenal insufficiency; hypophysitis; gastric tube needing replacement every 6 weeks to prevent liver blockage; pancreatitis; jaundice; hepatitis; severe itching all over body caused by nivolumab;diarrhea; constipation from previous 9 months of round-the-clock morphine or oxycodone (I'm off that now, thank God). Two days of pain that no painkiller could cut.

      11 months ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

      In 2013, I developed a huge blood clot and started on Warfarin, still on it and guess I always will be. Always had healthy heart but now, radiation has caused fibrosis in one chamber, fibrosis of lung as well, liver problem, pancreatic, bowel. Neuropathy, severe fatigue, bloated abdomen, muscle atrophy, bladder problem, degenerative spine and bones, some neuropathy. I'm glad we are alive to post here.

      11 months ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar

      I got Lymphedema around my side from them having to take 5 lymph nodes out from under my arm. This past Dec, they injected my thumb for Trigger Thumb. Yes, I'd talked to my oncologist first and she said go ahead and try it. Didn't do a darn thing for my thumb, but the next day my arm swelled with Lymphedema too. It's also in my hand now and sometimes, like last night, my hand swells so much, it's hard to even close it in a fist. Having a hard time getting used to the sleeve and gauntlet for the Lymphedema and my thumb still can't take the pressure of trying to wear it 2 months after surgery.
      Also, ended up with shoulder problems from the radiation. It froze. Had to go to PT for quite awhile for it. Also, neck problems that sometimes go down into my shoulder blade. Guess my shoulder will never be as good as it was before all this, but it could be worse.
      Worked around the problem of photography by buying a lighter weight camera so I can still do photography for Longwood Gardens.
      Every time I start to feel sorry for myself because I found out I had cancer right after I retired and moved, like 2 1/2 weeks after I moved, I just stop and think to myself - I really don't have any right to complain. I'm alive. I'm happy. I'm doing everything I want to do anyway in spite of cancer. And, there are a lot of people worse off than I am.
      God has blessed me with the chance to get back into riding by rehabbing a beautiful mare who needed someone to work with her to bring her back to being sound again. I got to get back into riding after 15 - 20 years away from it. I get to ride for free. The owner gets her horse worked for free and the horse is just as happy to have someone give her love and attention almost every day. So, yea, I have some problems related to cancer, but I can't ask for any more happiness than I have now.

      11 months ago
    • Findley's Avatar

      I've had colorectal cancer twice - 18 years apart. With my first bout I underwent both chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The protocol was new so the doctors were learning. Unfortunately I was given more radiation than I should have had. Due to the large amount of radiation to my abdominal area, multiple abdominal surgeries and an infection following one of the surgeries, I've developed a large amount of adhesions and scarring. Add to that an ostomy. Over the years I've had to deal with alot of digestive issues. This has limited my diet. I've struggled with eating and deal with queasiness and cramping on a regular basis. I do my best to adapt, and am thankful to have survived cancer twice.

      11 months ago
    • 2943's Avatar

      These posts bring tears to my eyes. For all the things that are happening and effecting us. We have no choice but to make the most of what we have been dealt.

      10 months ago

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