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.

    • Dppm1124
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Ur...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did 5 rounds of gemczar cisplatin. The cisplatin was split between 2 weeks but is harsh on kidneys. Nothing tasted good so fluids ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • kjc825
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Kadcyla every 3 weeks for 15 doses because of residual disease in the pathology report after mastectomy.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • quimera
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I received acupuncture every day from a Chinese MD who specialized in cancer, and I believe that it helped me endure the 24-hour che...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was so bad I could not even complete. Did 4 treatments and had to discontinue. Horrible experience that I do not wish on my worst...

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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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    • PamelaGF
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    SO Sleepy, weary, dizzy

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Mark-gb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    2nd Line Chemotherapy [5 Drugs cocktail] - 6 rounds (in progress)

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Mark-gb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1st Line Chemotherapy [5-6 Drugs cocktail] - 11 Rounds

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Vixstew
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I put neutral as each round has been different and I've had set backs with low blood cell counts and a second surgery for a twisted ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Created07
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    RCHOP - in hospital 2 times because of chemo

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  2. over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After the first Chemo it became easier

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Lynash
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The very first treatment I lost all my hair

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • jojoalexis
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophage...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    nausea, neuropathy, multiple hours to administer the meds.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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