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.

    • coco1101
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Went on Opdivo Immunotherapy for 4.5 months but it didn't work for me/my Lung Cancer

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Mishie
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carcin...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Round 1of TC started May 9th, 3 rounds to go

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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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    • lh25
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometrial Ca...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have done one cycle at this point, my next is this Thursday

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
  1. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    TAXOL -- Reaction to this within the first few minutes. Felt flush in my chest then my husband watched me turn white then Red. Ting...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LindaR
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The most brutal 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. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Going to start weekly Taxol after they can fit a port.

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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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    • pammysue
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My chemo drugs have not interfered with my quality of life

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    18 year survivor after total Thyroidectomy so the lymph node involvement. I received chemotherapy and radiation asthma treatment pla...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • drpatient
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Dose dense A/C every 2 weeks X 4. Counts stayed good with the help of Neulasta--the bone pain is no joke the first time you are dose...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Kimberleyt
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    While it was better than the chemo I received 15 years ago (for a totally unrelated cancer-Hodgkin's Lymphoma) I still had issues wi...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • dragon2fly
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphom...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Very harsh, longest, successful clinical trial treatment (M-BACOD) - no longer used for NHL; several opportunistic herpes infections...

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