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.

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    • Phylte
    • Experience with Primary Central Nervous...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    A minimum of two weeks a month as an in patient for 14 months was required. Later three more years of outpatient treatment with imm...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. almost 3 years ago
    DisneyGirl's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was on Temador for a year along with Avastin 2 times a month for the first 2 years. For my third year I did Avastin 1 time a mont...

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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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    • katiefnp
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    21DEC2015-27MAY2016 I had chemo with carboplatnum and taxol. Had problems with ANC being too low at times, so no chemo. Dishearteni...

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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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    • Treehugger
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cel...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Currently on 4th round of rchop, going for accupuncture, practicing qigong, and meditation.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The last two were very hard. I had to do my part and continue to fight, with hydration , food and God!

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  3. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Temodar 120mg for 42 consecutive days. Maintainance treatment 360 mg for 5 days per month

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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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  4. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Oral chemo, Xeloda one week on one off

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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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    • esherek
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It sucked. It cycled. I had treatment every other week. Day 1 was fine. Day 2 I got Lunesta shot and was pretty jacked up from the...

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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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  5. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo is rough, makes you miserable and weak.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • wha
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Prostate C...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Was tired and sick

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • PatriSolo
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esop...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    FU 5, scheduled for 6 rounds. First day off pump started increasing my exercising greatly each day to increase effectivity.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • Lucretia
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had to have aggressive chemo to attack my aggressive cancer. I was put in the hospital with my first chemo treatment and they gave...

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