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.

    • wyde1340
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    For the first week, all was fine. Starting the ,2nd week, I couldn't stop vomiting or diarreah. At this point, I called my nurse pra...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • arlenekae
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on xeloda and the side effects are livable so far. I have chosen not to drive because my brain seems to be fuzzy so I am afraid...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • DLA1965
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Cancer, ...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start next week.

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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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    • jprice
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    There are so many drugs that I am on to try to kill this cancer and it is so disheartening to learn that just as it starts to go awa...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Yogamama1
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Pain from WBC booster, hair loss, incont. at times, brain fog, extreme fatigue and nausea.

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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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    • Dingbat
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    5 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I’m only beginning week 2 so difficult to know what’s going to happen. Hoping for the best.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Linr
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The only problem was the Neulasta shots the day after. My daughter, a trauma nurse, administered my shots to me.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Roni50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Many side effects now

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This was one procedure did not impact my body or muscle mass like radiation did. !

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on Adriamycin and Cytoxin as well as Nulasta. It has been difficult.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Miche1229
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have 2 young kids. 2 boys, ages almost 5 and a little baby who just turned 1 on 4/30. He was 7 months at the time i was diagnosed ...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    2 Comments
    • Jamminjam3
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not...
    6 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First round of chemo went well, minimal side effects. Day 3 and 4 were kinda rough. Wobbly legs, I took epson salt bath, and rubbed ...

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