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.

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    • Deana1
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They restarted my chemo first time was double original dose. Second month they tripled my original dose .....not a bit of me feels g...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Deana1
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord T...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I took my anti nausea pill then my chemo pills went to bed for night

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am starting chemo next week, total of 20 weeks. Then facing surgery and then radiation. This is going to be a long journey.

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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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    • Team_Jason
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Jason's cancer began to progress in April 2017, so he went back on FolFox and Avastin. This lasted until October 2017, when progress...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Team_Jason
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Following his six weeks of recovery, Jason started on Avastin and Xeloda.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Team_Jason
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Jason first had FolFox with Avastin. For 6 months.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Daily oral Revlimid maintenance treatment began when the 100 day bone marrow biopsy results came in, and continue now and into the f...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    CyBorD (Cytoxan/Velcade/Dexamethasone) administered March 2014 through June 2014. Switched to Revlimid/Velcade/Dexamethasone July 20...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Lived on jelly beans 7 up pho. Slept alot

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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. 7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had some side effects. Was tired, couldnt do much other than sleep.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    4 cycles TC. I know I handled it very well but it was still awful. Not yet 2 weeks out from ending last cycle and still down with SE.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Taz
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    8 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have had seven different chemo regiments. But my oncologist formatted a plan and I am still here. Cisplatin, carboplatin, taxol,...

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