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.

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    • Tamrarose
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start in 2 days. I'm now on round 2.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • robinb
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Side effects of steroid make it so cant sleep for days, nausea horrible

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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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  1. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After a severe reaction to taxol last week we tried again this week with a different drug--docetaxel, and extra steroids and benadry...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had my first chemo session yesterday 3/9/16 starts aabout9:30 and was finished before 12/15. (Chemo meds adriamycin, cytoxan) when...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    March 10, 2016 began outpatient cyterabine infusions March 7. Go in daily and it takes about an hour to administer the medicine. B...

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Marty64
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Will start on March 22, 2016. I'm wondering if I have to have the Carboplatin. I'll be getting Taxotere, Perception, and Perjeta.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
  4. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first cycle ended after my first day on Cisplatin/Etoposide. Cisplatin, in combination with my pre- existing Chronic Pancreatiti...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • whoops
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophag...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    He lost more than 50 lbs and could hardly walk without falling. The 3 and final course of treatment caused his bowel to perforate a...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    In some ways chemo went better than I expected but I had an excellent support team. It was hard to get emotionally ready to face the...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  6. almost 3 years ago
    RDY2BOWHUNT's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I didn't like the way it made my head feel.. I could tell I wasn't myself. I hope they come out with a new way cause this one is hard.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Cher318
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I did not have as much difficulty as some other patients did with the chemotherapy. I had no reactions to any of the chemo drugs. I ...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    1 Comment
  7. almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Way to early for perspective

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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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