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.

  1. 1 day ago
    AuburnAngel's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 Rounds of Taxotere

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Hope57
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancrea...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hasn't had it yet, will have it at end of week.

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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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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    taken off of Zeloda becasue cancer still was growing

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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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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6/2018- I was put on an oral chemo called zeloda

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    June 2018 started oral chemo called zeloda scan in Sept showed growth while on it. So stopped in Oct. 2018

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo went a couple of months longer because of 2 extra surgeries, infections, & wound vac treatments. I was pretty weak when it was...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 3 days ago
    reigelsberger's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have never had a side effect other than hair & beard loss. I can eat immediately after. I hope its harder on the Cancer than it is o...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Currently undergoing IV chemo, once every 3 weeks for 18 weeks. Luckily no side effects except for feeling worn out/drained of ener...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They decided to start me on the medicine bosulif once a day I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now. No side affects right now.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Mommoms
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Meds were changed after 2 treatments one tumor grew

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox - Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets went very low. Had to have neulasta twice to increase white count. Had to ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Rosemj
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I don't like the treatments and the knowledge of what they are doing to my body. I know I have risk of death by doing this.

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