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.

    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Capecitabine oral pills 2000mg a day Aug '17 to Dec '17 *week before Christmas finished

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    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Capecitabine oral pills 2000mg a day

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    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Sept '16 to Jan '17 ACT treatment done

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carboplaten/taxol gave me weakness,diahrea,nausea ,neutropenia,hives and major fatigue.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • marzru
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I completed 4 out of 6 chemo treatments...the side effects were horrible so my oncologist said no more...I had nausea, weakness, hai...

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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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    • Bella1819
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went once a week for 6 months. I was week after the second week when my hair started to fall out.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  1. 8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had one treatment and had an adverse reaction. I spent 53 days in the hospital while my body shut down. I had rectal bleeding fo...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Hello123
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Switched to Taxol immediate after reading about Taxotere and its class action lawsuit because it firmly DOES cause hair loss. Google...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Debs3can
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo Sucks! Had allergic reactions to go along with the terrible side effects. Switched med's and had longer, slower infusions. ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • NanRN
    • Experience with Rare Cancers
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    IV Mitomycin and oral Xeloda. Along with radiation. I was so weak I could hardly get out of bed and shower.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Hilkei
    • Experience with Mantle Cell Lymphoma
    9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have to provide an update from my previous experience from when my MCL had just returned and I was put on Calquence. It is a year...

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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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  2. 9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Many side effects and interactions. Had to take other medications to counteract. Unsure what drugs were cauiwhat reactions.

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