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.

    • Penn45
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    about 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
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  1. about 3 years ago
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    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
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    • Hay
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    about 3 years ago
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    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
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    • Sue_2015
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 3 years ago
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    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
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    • Jofran
    • Experience with Esophagus (Esophageal) ...
    about 3 years ago
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    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
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  2. about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Gem/nav

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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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    • JoeyR1963
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had many regimens of traditional chemo - carbo/taxol, alimta, gemcitabine, taxotere, Erbitux, avastin - all had some nausea, fatig...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Jenjen29
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Im on carboplatin, herceptin, perjeta and taxtore june 8 2016 will be my second treatment. I will have six once every three weeks. S...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first day of chemo did not go at all as expected - IP Port did not work. Stuck 6 times and no chemo. Went back 1 week later, IP P...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had Chemo first before anything else. Doxorubicin , Taxotal, Carboplatin and more that I can't remember the names of.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Hay
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) Du...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First chemo not many side effects, but my bones hurt my mouth hurts I hurt all over

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • choosehope
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    about 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have been on this journey for 14 years. I have had so many chemo drugs I have lost count. I have been bald 4 times. As of 3 months...

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