Experiences with Chemotherapy

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.

    • Jim2017
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell L...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects don't come till the 5th day for me, just wait and see

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  1. 4 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Starting chemo pills at home next week.

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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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    • Manulani
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine)...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    When first diagnosed in December was told it was a stage 2, two days ago on my follow up of surgery they tell me it's Advanced stage...

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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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  2. 5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The chemo in 2016 was TC.

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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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  3. 5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had medication to help so that I was not nauseous and for the most part I did very well and I only had 3 rounds of Chemo

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jskbkk
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm currently on Xeloda, luckily very little side effects which are manageable such as diarrhea and drowsiness. No hand and foot syn...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • LizzieAZ
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast C...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo didn't really make me as sick as I had read from other patients. I did have bone pain for a couple of days after treatment an...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Trego
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I worked all through chemotherapy. I believe it was my coping mechanism in that I had to get up every morning because I was needed ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • rene2
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 rounds of R-CHOP

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  4. 9 days ago
    TaraStrand's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Eribulin

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • akwendi
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    9 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Be sure to take all the nausea medicine that they give you on time. I didn't during the 1st round and regret it.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • gofigure4
    • Experience with Adenoacanthoma, Endo...
    9 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hi Everyone, Finally got the port. Had first chemo Friday. Had a scary reaction to the Taxol. Couldn't breathe, lower back felt like...

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