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.

    • wbuckler
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The irinotecan's side effects included late onset diarrhea which has impacted husband's quality of life. He gets embarrassed when h...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Dannie
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm on chemo meds and hormone therapy

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • jcroc
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian Tu...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    also had newlasta which made the bone and muscle pain really bad for 4-5 days

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • 4Laura
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancrea...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Having recently completed chemo/rad for breast cancer, I think - how can this be? On 2nd round of chemo using Gem(?something).

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  1. almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tiredness doesn't quite capture it -- EXHAUSTED but THANKFUL!

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Using Daratumamab to reduce the plasmacytoma in my abdomen. First day was pretty tough with an allergic reaction.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
  3. almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    3rd recurrence, another biopsy, chemotherapy for 1 year with Herceptin.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. almost 5 years ago
    choomom49's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This was my 2nd recurrence. Had another biopsy then chemotherapy again for 6 months with Herceptin for 1 year. Lost all my hair aga...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. almost 5 years ago
    choomom49's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Adriamycin then CMF

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • trackmom
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started Xeloda yesterday.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Melly
    • Experience with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia...
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was on Gleevec 400mg and it was working. I was switched to the generic form. It did not work. Anyone else try Gleevec vs Generic

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    1 Comment
    • deburr
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bendeka/rituzan was my chemo treatment.

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