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.

    • jeffcole
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Felt sick and achy most of the time. Like having the flu for 3 months.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Because it was front line therapy for me, my 6 rounds of carbo, taxol and avastin went very well for me.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • cristi
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Right now I am 1 dose in and my GI tract is in revolt. Diarrhea took anti-nausea and now I am constipated and have severe indigesti...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Gaucho
    • Experience with Leukemia
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Weak / weight loss / non repairable hole in mouth palate

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Seachell
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tchp 6 rounds at dx didn't get all cancer I was put on h/p for Target thearpy. My cancer grew again so we removed left breast where ...

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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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  2. 5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    i am so happy not to have to undergo this again. Grateful

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Saw4750
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just took so cannot rate yet.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • Skyemberr
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had EXTREME reaction to FOLFIRI chemo.

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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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    • earthgirl
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinom...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Yesterday (8/5/2019) was #4 of 16 chemo treatments but the last of the AC chemo drugs. After three weeks rest, I begin 12 weekly do...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • LynnThomas
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Receiving 3 chemo drugs for 8 sessions. One chemo drug was stopped because of the side effects: cold sensations - could not eat o...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Bengal
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    6 months 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
    6 months 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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