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. 12 days ago
    Nearthedeer's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am taking quite a few natural supplements and vitamins which I feel minimized the normal side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • KateK56
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    12 days ago
    KateK56's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I attempted chemo in an attempt to clean up any cancer cells that may be lurking. Only did half the treatments due to other health i...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 12 days ago
    coffeecarole's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have a 30 minute Keytruda infusion every three weeks.

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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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    • cards7up
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    12 days ago
    cards7up's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had carbo/alimta and extreme fatigue for me. Very little nausea due to IV Aloxi before treatment.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox with Avastin. Horrible cold sensitivity. Neuropathy. Bloody nose.

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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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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After chemotherapy infusions I was moved to oral chemo called Xeloda. Gave me hand foot syndrome, but I was still able to work.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    13 days ago
    MsRider's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Put on Folfiri with Avastin. Hair loss and fatigue were the worst of it. Has mild nausea.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. 13 days ago
    Rickprocare19's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Starting in 10 days

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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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    • dillyhilly
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    13 days ago
    dillyhilly's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I also do immune therapy and chemo on the first day of my 3 vist 3 weeks apart I have had two Immune and 3Chemo sessions. This last ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • KathyP57
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    13 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started Chemo on April 8, 2019. They have me on a cocktail of T(Taxol) C (Carboplatin) and H (Herceptin) as I understand it the T an...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Sharil
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    14 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The side effects were horrible. I was sick for at least one week each time

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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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    • GivingCare
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    15 days ago
    GivingCare's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Part of his chemo treatment during this year was the drug oxaliplatin. He experienced peripheral neuropathy, mostly in his toes whic...

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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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