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.

    • JeanneTod
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My blood had a definite problem with chemo.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Pablo
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma,...
    12 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    In May 2015, a follow up PET scan indicated abdominal and supraclavicular lymph nodes were at it again. I went through 5 more cycles...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 12 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Understanding how your body will function under chemo therapy is unique to each person. I found I was allergic to jofran my anti nau...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had to stop the strivarga for a week or two. Had a low grade fever, headaches, rash and extreme fatigue. Hopefully can give it a t...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Jcbydedign
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leuke...
    16 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was in the hospital getting Idarubicin and cyterabine for 45 days because my blood count numbers wouldn't come back up.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 16 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxol - completed 12 weekly infusions - caused neuropathy - successfully shrunk the lymph node to original size after 4 treatments.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Fight2013
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    16 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    4 "Red Devil " 16 Taxol, I did exceptionally well through it all ! My worst side effects were Red Devil kicked my butt , the day o...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Bandmom804
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cel...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did 5 rounds of RCHOP. I have other health issues that complicated my treatment plan.

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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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    • gailk
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
    21 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 6.5 months of chemo which impacted my life many days. Losing my hair was probably the hardest.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It's A lifesaving measure ,so side effects are minimal when you consider the alternative ,but weekly chemo 2 hours away with 4 times...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • catlillie
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Irinotecan, Avasin and Xeloda.. first one yesterday.. don't know how I'm tolerating it yet.. stay tuned!

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Drug: oral IBrance. Increases fatigue.

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