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.

    • ALERO
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had to learn, fast, many things to combat side effects and learn how to just do nothing for days because of zero energy. The latter ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Denise
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I started Afinitor in November. Rash and coughing.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Denise
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance, Faslodex and Xgeva. Worked for ten months.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Denise
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had one infusion of Ixempra, excruciating side effects-neuropathy, mouth sores, body pain...second infusion I had an allergic reaction.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • RachelW
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    4 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    XXX I'm tired.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • djw418
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    it gets better each day a little I will take that!!

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • JaneA
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorect...
    6 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I elected not to attend chemo orientation. My oncologist gave me detailed information sheets about each of the four components of my...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • TDUP
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade Astroc...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was mostly weak and tired.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • nannyglo
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    developed multiple clots in both lungs and legs. hospitalized. developed horrible neuropathy in R foot and hospitalized during whic...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  1. 7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This part I was in another hospital for 6 weeks preparing for a BMT. The chemo was much harsher and the side effects much worse.

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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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  2. 7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Diagnosed on a Friday and in the hospital the following Monday as inpatient for 6 straight weeks.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  3. 9 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance makes me very nauseous and I dropped 20lbs. I lost about 1/3 of my hair, and my skin is really dry. The other side effects i...

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