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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    • ssp
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous Cell Ca...
    about 9 hours ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo rash on shoulders - neck - face - scalp TERRIBLE!!!! Other than that no issues ~

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • hscancer
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    8 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went for my second chemo last Tuesday, 3/24. As the medical center is only allowing patients in the treatment room, the entire pla...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 19 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started kadcyla feb 24 2020

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 25 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Easy to tolerate but does cause hair loss.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • hscancer
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had first infusion of dd-AC/T chemotherapy on 3/11. Having a port made all the difference. So far, some queasiness (ginger), constip...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • pattypie
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    your whole life changes while you are getting the chemo

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Debbieo
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started with Revlamid, had to stop after 1st round, continued with valcaid. #’s and markers not lowering at a good rate. 1st round o...

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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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    • VIC
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    nausea, constipation, mood swings, sensitive to cold and hot, nose bleeds, water tastes bad, lack of appetite, unable to focus or dr...

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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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    • Dppm1124
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Ur...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did 5 rounds of gemczar cisplatin. The cisplatin was split between 2 weeks but is harsh on kidneys. Nothing tasted good so fluids ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • kjc825
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Kadcyla every 3 weeks for 15 doses because of residual disease in the pathology report after mastectomy.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • quimera
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I received acupuncture every day from a Chinese MD who specialized in cancer, and I believe that it helped me endure the 24-hour che...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was so bad I could not even complete. Did 4 treatments and had to discontinue. Horrible experience that I do not wish on my worst...

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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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