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. 27 days ago
    Willowgirl's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had rash on arms, shoulders, upper back, legs. Lasted almost 2 months. Turns out chemo was killing pre-cancerous skin cells.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • rwinbourn
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    29 days ago
    rwinbourn's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo and radiation at the same time was just drained all the time ..no energy

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • jennyrjd
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    29 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm taking Verzinio twice daily and I get a Faslodex injection along with an infusion that helps with treatment and also strengthens...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  2. 30 days ago
    corygirl911's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After 17 months original chemo stopped working. Starting new chemo last week of January 2019

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Smartgrl
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was pretty drugged up for the first 2 months of my treatment. My husband kept me going through my pain. I also had a cracked rib ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • formydad
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esoph...
    about 1 month ago
    formydad's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    first couple of days were not that bad!! I think the steroids really helped him. He even had an appetite!! The third day we noticed ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • TerriS66
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Only one round so far. No side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Vickyjowyo
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lun...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Too soon to determne

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • SuzieG
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    about 1 month ago
    SuzieG's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    On my first recurrence, second round of chemo with 1 more treatment to complete in February 2018. CA 125 and CT show positive result...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    1 Comment
  3. about 1 month ago
    Darlagirl's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was told from beginning that since they caught it so early only stage 1 that after surgery that may need radiation? However it tur...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    1 Comment
    • LCrisp515
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colo...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a little nausea and a little neuropathy.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  4. about 1 month ago
    Firstlady's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma stage 3 on Nov 8th 2018 I have 70 percent in my bone marrow and the doctor started me on an ag...

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