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. 8 months ago
    Shelane1's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Did Eribulin t University of Chicago. Three rounds. Did not shrink it.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Kellnerjfk
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    8 months ago
    Kellnerjfk's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Very challenging...life changing.... Terrible to recover taste, etc....

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Tanya76
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
    Tanya76's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My oncologist gave me my dose of taxol 9 days after surgery. Now I'm at 7 doses. Life is hard but I'm surviving.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Tanya76
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
    Tanya76's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Many weeks after surgery I was helped by surgeon to get on a state run cancer insurance. Then the chemo started. I had taxol, carbop...

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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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    • Oma1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had taxol once a week for 12 weeks I kept getting really sick

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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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    • Oma1
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    8 months ago
    Oma1's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was on taxol for 12 weeks I got really sick

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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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    • Stage
    • Experience with Sarcoma, Lung Cancer
    8 months ago
    Stage's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    So far so good Hate losing the hair. But I want my life back,to start fresh

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Flyniah
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    8 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The first treatment was XXX

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Charms
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    9 months ago
    Charms' Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I only did 8. My foundation report came back and chemo would not work on me

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 9 months ago
    Laurie3015's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start chemotherapy march 7th. Cytoxan and taxotere are going to be used.

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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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    • car092360
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukem...
    9 months ago
    car092360's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    When blood counts are low everyday things become difficult to do.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • goodkarma
    • Experience with Fallopian Tube Cancer
    9 months ago
    goodkarma's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    12/4/18 final chemo- yippee! Did the usual 3rd morning after plan to escape nausea- IV fluids, morphine & anti-nausea rx, but woke ...

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
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