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.

    • gttngd
    • Experience with Bone Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Lost 50 lbs & the ability to walk normally due to weakness in 2016. I had to have chemo for a stem cell transplant.

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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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    • PookieR
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    No bueno.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kerri509
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prost...
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Weight loss 17lbs. Hair loss. Loss of appetite, diarrhea for a week after each treatment. Food had a metallic or super sweet taste.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • smlroger
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    19 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Did taxol and cisplatin. No hair, lost weight, neuropathy in feet and hands. Stopped treatment on doctors recommendation due to si...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Dppm1124
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Ur...
    22 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Gemzar and cisplatin...split 2 Thursdays then a week off...I so looked forward to the week off. No vomiting but did use the nause...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • suzqz
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or F...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After severe reactions to the first chemo drugs I was put on Gemcitabine and carboplatin, except for the itchies at infusion time, t...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • suzqz
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or F...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxol caused neuropathy in my feet and bevacizumab ate my colon up and I became allergic to Carboplatin

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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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    • pompeysh1a
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Immediately while hospitalized I had a carbo/pem/bev intravenous chemotherapy. Around the third cycle I started turning black and b...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Switching to another cocktail: Abraxane and Avastin. 4 more rounds. Day 1, Day 8, Day 15 and Day 28 (new Day 1)

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy Begins Again. Carboplatin and Avastin. Only 3 rounds completed as an allergy to Carboplatin develops. Day 1, Day 8, ...

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Gemzar and Carboplatin: 6 rounds received. Day 1, Day 8 and Day 21 (new Day 1).

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Doxil and Avastin: 7 rounds received. Day 1, Day 8 and then Day 21 (new Day 1).

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
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