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.

    • yayak
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    only has been four days but doing well. A little heartburn everyday,

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • neddy5
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    i was lucky going thru 6 sessions of chemo , i had nausea ,some days worse than others,but thank God didn't throw up once. i was giv...

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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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  1. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1st day of chemo was April 15, 2013. Meds were mitomycin and FU5 pack. Did the mitomycin drip at chemo room and wore the FU5 pack ho...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    More impact from the Steroids to prevent the allergic reactions.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Larae55
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    There were days I crawled to the bathroom and could not stand in kitchen make food

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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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    • laurenlinn
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    About to begin another round of chemo. It won't get the cancer, but we're hopeful that if it just shrinks the tumor a little, it wi...

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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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    • laurenlinn
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First round of chemo was pretty much a breeze for me and I didn't suffer from any of the side effects that are common to many.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was out of work for 3 months for my first set of chemo, it was harsh, lost my hair, was tired a lot, slept a lot

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • frisbelly
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just finished round 3 of 6. I've done well. No nausea. I do feel tired more often than usual but I should be more active to help r...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • rdsd
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox and Erbitux

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • conniebee
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Cancer returned, extreme shortness of breath admitted to ICU 4/11/16 given 3 doses of radiation and on 4/14 carbo/alimta again.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • sameagle
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just had my third round of chemo. Currently getting. Carbo Platin every 3rd week for 12 weeks and Taxol every week. My 1st week ...

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