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.

    • Katwmn63
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 8 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was like a deer in the headlights. Place was packed full. When the woman next to me asked "What do you have? Mine is lung, I got ab...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Hbee68
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinoma (...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    16 rounds of chemo- Taxol x12 with 4 rounds of carboplatin and then 4 rounds of AC affectionately known as the Red Devil

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • BDM1967
    • Experience with Thymic Carcinoma
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First run of six carboplatin/Taxol combined with a big intro to pain meds was terrible. I hated thinking of what the subsequent roun...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was very rough.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • JudyW
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started Ibrance/Femara protocol. Day 4, and I'm having some side effects. We'll see in the long run what happens.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • inaJAR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    12 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    10 rounds FOLFIRI+ Avastin. feb - June 2017

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 rounds FOLFOX post surgery

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • GailB
    • Experience with Slow Growing, Chronic Ly...
    14 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Well my CLL is just not cooperative at all. Did not get a long remission after doing the Treanda & Retuxin. Held out as long as p...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • DeeHenn
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    15 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    after 17 years pass, the side effects drugs are much better. The oncologist is younger (& prettier - no offense Dr Brroks) and she h...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • BJLR
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    16 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Going through chemo was a tremendous challenge physically. I was mostly okay mentally; had a few breakdowns. I got wonderful support...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Nette1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Bladder...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have had one mitomycin treatment. Have burning in every mucous membrane in me: eyes, nose, throat, lips, tongue, vagina , Anusara. ...

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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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    • Pmoos
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lym...
    18 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just finished 4th round of 6. The recovery is longer and I have more fatigue.

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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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