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. almost 3 years ago
    jcunningham's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had my last chemo yesterday. No severe side effects yet. Hopefully by now I have learned to manage them over the next few days! A...

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

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had breathing difficulties, dizziness, mouth sores, difficult swallowing, nausea, vomiting, weakness, blackout with hospitalizatio...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Strickland
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
    Strickland's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I would sleep 22 hours a day

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • RissaRooXx
    • Experience with Intermediate-Grade ...
    almost 3 years ago
    RissaRooXx's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Temodar and Avastin, minimal side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  3. almost 3 years ago
    smipigfarm's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 months of AC/TC with minimal side effects. I was pretty tired on the third day after chemo. Never any nausea or vomiting.....but...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Jcrn5246
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    almost 3 years ago
    Jcrn5246's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Interferon was horrible

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Linda60
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 3 years ago
    Linda60's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It was easier than I expected but difficult in many ways especially the reaction to steroids and feeling really bad for a week after...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Penn45
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    No stomach distress, only hair loss & some neuropathy from taxol.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  4. almost 3 years ago
    kimba9584's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    just starting

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Hay
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    almost 3 years ago
    Hay's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just on my second would not take the steroids so don't know what that will bring

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Sue_2015
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    almost 3 years ago
    Sue_2015's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    On May 25th started FOLFIRI plus Avastin. It went pretty well that first day. Had my 2nd treatment this past Wed (Jun 8th) and it ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    2 Comments
    • Jofran
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    almost 3 years ago
    Jofran's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Spent a week in the hospital as result of affects of treatment.

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