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.

    • abrub
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinoma ...
    9 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Recently started Folfiri, and my first 2 cycles have gone surprisingly smoothly. However, I'm not up to full dosage yet, and they h...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had a port inserted for the chemo infusion, was a good decision.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    22 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    hopefully start it on 10-7-19

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • warrenmf
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    24 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It went much better then expected.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Marycham
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    25 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went from diagnosis at dr office to hospital to start EPOCH chemo for aggressive B cell nhl. No time to think or prepare. Lot of t...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    2 Comments
  1. 25 days ago
    JimmyNY23's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    many, many types up till now

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. 26 days ago
    BreastCancer17's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was unable to complete the all 6 treatment's of TCHP due to the side effect's landing me in the hospital after number 4 and losing...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Lkeith
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    26 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy has not been easy. The first week is very bad. Other weeks I recover OK. I can’t wait until this is over.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    1 Comment
    • jeffcole
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Felt sick and achy most of the time. Like having the flu for 3 months.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. about 1 month ago
    CharMyrdal's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Because it was front line therapy for me, my 6 rounds of carbo, taxol and avastin went very well for me.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • cristi
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Right now I am 1 dose in and my GI tract is in revolt. Diarrhea took anti-nausea and now I am constipated and have severe indigesti...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    3 Comments
    • Gaucho
    • Experience with Leukemia
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Weak / weight loss / non repairable hole in mouth palate

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