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. over 3 years ago
    chris899@'s Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After my 1st round of Chemoit allowed an infection in my colon, I lost m entire large intestine and have a permanent ileostomy.

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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. over 3 years ago
    Chrisstaedt's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had 2 rounds of chemo, the first one causing shingles and viral pneumonia.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • JackiH
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Ly...
    over 3 years ago
    JackiH's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    One week in and only mild nausea and a decent headache so not unhappy with that so far, taking it easy but still been able to go to ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Wbowen
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 3 years ago
    Wbowen's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    ADDED NINLARO

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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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    • Wbowen
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 3 years ago
    Wbowen's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    POMALYST DIDNT WORK CHANGED BACK TO FULL DOSE OF REVLIMID

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Wbowen
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 3 years ago
    Wbowen's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    POMALYST & DEX

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Wbowen
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 3 years ago
    Wbowen's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    DEX AND REVLIMID

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  3. over 3 years ago
    maggiesmom01's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Induction Chemotherapy once every 3 weeks for 3 months.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Davina8960
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    over 3 years ago
    Davina8960's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Went through 6 weeks of chemo and radiation combo. Had severe side affects the third week and had to stop for a week. Was having 1...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
  4. over 3 years ago
    seattlesister's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    On July 4th, 2016 Ben did his first chemotherapy.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • laurigr
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 3 years ago
    laurigr's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects are so personal to each individual. The fatigue is driving me crazy because I'm an active person. Someone who may lea...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. over 3 years ago
    rachelarmom's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxotere and cytoxan followed with neulasta. Not bad just tired and achy. Lots of GI "disturbances". It's not "fun" , but the other ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
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