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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    • DawnG
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I’m one week past my second treatment. I feel very fortunate that i have tolerated it quite well thus far. Very tired

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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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    • fozziemead
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lun...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started chemo/immunotherapy. First round was TERRIBLE. 2nd round tomorrow & hoping it is much better.

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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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    • LittleDove
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leuke...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After 2 Hospitalizations receiving Chemo, the Leukemia returned. Now he has received a Bone Marrow Transplant.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Memorrow1
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    2 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My chemo session left me fatigued, dizzy, loss of appetite

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • craheb
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    3 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo changed by new medical oncologist. New chemo Xeloda 14 days one 7 days off for 6 months

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • craheb
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    3 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was started on Gemzar. I had two infusions before I decided to change oncologists because I wasn't happy with the first oncologis...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Lost hair, felt sick

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Menve
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lym...
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First round of R-CHOP done 1/6/21

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • EileenS
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had difficulty with the steroids that accompanied my chemo treatments. After adjuvant chemo I lost my hair, which I handled well ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox..only side effect was neuropathy.which persists 3 years later.

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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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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    FOLFIRI almost killed me.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • RhondaM
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Feeling sick to stomach; vomiting and diarrhea.

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