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.

    • Bengal
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This is a horrible, seemingly never ending experience. NOT fun! But it IS doable. Just keep on keepin' on.

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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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    • KathM
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had Chemo Neo- Adjuvant. TCH with Perjeta. It went good into the 4 Tx of the Taxol in which I could continue due too my liver enz...

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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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  1. almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    2nd reoccurrence, chemo began May 2019. 2 pulmonary nodules on the left and an area on my left diaphragm caught on routine CT scan...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    When I took Taxol the side effects were minimal. But when I started taking the red devil, it was hard the first week.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • lo_ol
    • Experience with Prostate Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Falling because of peripheral neuropathy in feet. Also "chemo brain" memory issues.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • JCPV
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I don't feel 100% for the first 7 days (joint/muscle pain) after that I feel pretty good. Most of my hair has fallen out.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Hamhands78
    • Experience with Seminoma, Testicula...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Incredible back pain

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Paddyj
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My spouse was a long-time smoker. Despite giving up smoking a while back she developed a worrying cough. X-Ray’s were taken and an o...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Zonda71
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    3 Sessions in between radiation

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Morwen
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started. Feeling mildly tired but it's just the beginning.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Avastin and Doxil.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had IVIP - WHICH IS regular chemo in chest port and intraperitoneal chemo though my hip port. Pretty rough chemo regimen.

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