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.

Don't forget to view our Beginner's Guide to Cancer.

    • Lonnie1950
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    about 8 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hospitalized 4 days with 3 types of chemo 24 hours a day. Did this once a month for three months

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Consolidation chemotherapy to kill any remaining lymphoma cells.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Transplant conditioning chemo received at 10X normal dosing.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Pralatrexate, a more potent cousin of Methotrexate. Grade 3 oral mucositis. PET/CT showed disease progression.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Back on Belinostat. PET/CT showed disease progression.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • po18guy
    • Experience with Angioimmunoblastic T-C...
    1 day ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had a single infusion of Belinostat (Beleodaq), but stopped it to enter a clinical trial.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Janet54
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I experienced slight nausea. Very fatigued

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • GRR
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Still on chemotherapy. Side effects are not good

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • mags54
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    just started chemotherapy... experiencing some side effects

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • toosoon
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Finished the Folfox. Was allergic to the oxypalin(?)

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • toosoon
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Stopped Oxy for last two treatments. Respitory allergic reaction.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Bunzie
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Slept, couldn't eat .I just could go to treatment and home .

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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