Experiences with Having Chemotherapy Treatments

Living With Lung Cancer

Chemotherapy is a common drug treatment that uses strong chemicals to destroy fast-growing cancer cells. However, chemotherapy often damages healthy cells. There are many different types of chemotherapy, ways it is administered, and side effects. Every patient reacts to chemotherapy differently. Here is some information about what to expect through chemotherapy from patients with firsthand experiences and insights.

There are extensive side effects to chemotherapy. The real question is - ‘How will I deal with the side effects of chemo?’. There are resources you can use such as, ChemoCare.com and the American Cancer Society’s guide to chemotherapy, to find out ways to deal with the side effects. WhatNexters have suggested finding distractions, forms of exercise, supplements, changing diet, drinking lots of water, sugar free candies for dry mouth, doing things to make yourself feel good about your appearance (manicure, pedicure, massage, etc.), and keeping a detailed list of side effects for your doctor.

You can know everything there is to know about chemotherapy, and still not know what you need to know. The best advice on coping through chemotherapy comes from those that have gone through it themselves. Explore what others have been through regarding chemotherapy, ask questions, and get firsthand feedback on your specific chemotherapy treatment.

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    • Baglady
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    about 16 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Series of 4- 3 days Chemo. Was sent home with Neulasta attached for injection next day. Scans next week to determine future course.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • whatnext54
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrat...
    about 23 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First chemo treatment Wednesday. Taxotere and cytoxan. Not bad, just tired Wed and Thurs. Thursday evening began running slight feve...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My son has been doing chemo every other week since June 2016 his scans came out clear until 2018 his cancer has now spread to his lu...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • NelsonJe
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taking remlivid maintenance

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • pklein01
    • Experience with Mantle Cell Lymphoma
    8 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have had only one treatment of the Bendamustine plus rituximab so far.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
  2. 8 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Stayed nauseas a lot after each treatment. I also have been hospitalised twice for dyhydration.Had an allergic reaction to the drug ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • alicejo
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    10 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did fair with chemo but the lasting side effects have been tough on me.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. 10 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carry pump around OXali Platin induced PN sever now 1 year on

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Sweets
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    11 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have not started chemo yet

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  4. 13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They told me I had a tough dosage for my chemo and they weren't sure I could do it. But I did, it kicked my butt for 11 days out of...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  5. 17 days ago
    ReallyJenn's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Adriamycin and Cytoxan first treatment 9/7/18. Thirsty and tired. Little nausea

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • manaman
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cel...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Cisplatin once a week for 7 weeks......7 rounds

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
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