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.

    • Vickyjowyo
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lun...
    about 11 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Too soon to determne

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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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    • SuzieG
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    about 22 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    On my first recurrence, second round of chemo with 1 more treatment to complete in February 2018. CA 125 and CT show positive result...

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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. 2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was told from beginning that since they caught it so early only stage 1 that after surgery that may need radiation? However it tur...

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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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    • LCrisp515
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a little nausea and a little neuropathy.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma stage 3 on Nov 8th 2018 I have 70 percent in my bone marrow and the doctor started me on an ag...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo will be time every 3 wks. For 6. Mos. Treatment take a over 3 hours. I'm given fliids, then 2 anti-nausea meds. Then 2 chemo...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Txlady
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My surgery was followed by three cycles of chemo to kill any hidden cancer cells. I continued to work full time, and usually only mi...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    2 Comments
    • Gailny81
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    .the lowest (only a short period) of my life!!

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Txlady
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was violently ill for a week following first cycle. Could not keep anything down, even water despite anti-nausea drugs. My husband...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tammy129
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esoph...
    11 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just starting Chemo

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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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  3. 12 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Keytruda Carboplatin and Alimta

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 16 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First chemo drug was Revlimid, and it WAS relatively easy, with fairly minimal side effects, other than some fatigue.

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