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.

    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Switching to another cocktail: Abraxane and Avastin. 4 more rounds. Day 1, Day 8, Day 15 and Day 28 (new Day 1)

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy Begins Again. Carboplatin and Avastin. Only 3 rounds completed as an allergy to Carboplatin develops. Day 1, Day 8, ...

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Gemzar and Carboplatin: 6 rounds received. Day 1, Day 8 and Day 21 (new Day 1).

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Doxil and Avastin: 7 rounds received. Day 1, Day 8 and then Day 21 (new Day 1).

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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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    • GKGKeri
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carboplatin and Paclitaxel, traditional infusion and done intraperitoneally.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Christi
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    NO sugar coating chemo sucked but not during treatment but once treatment was done and chemo attacked all of my body that's when the...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • ccques50
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Take pain meds for bone involvement, other conditions seem worse at times, ie; arthritis, fibromyalgia, painful scalp bumps.Ice help...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • mrshondo
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started a PARP, Zejula (Niraparib) after second round of chemo from recurrence. First 3-4 months were difficult with side effects. ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • mrshondo
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemotherapy was difficult. I had 18 treatments, once weekly.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • FayP
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The third day after chemo kicked my a$$, but after the first round I knew what I was up against and made sure I had what I needed to...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had the same symptoms day 1 post-chemo as day 20 post-chemo. My symptoms never let up.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Injection was simple but the side effects were difficult

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