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. almost 3 years ago
    Snakemonkey555's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Man oh man, at the time of diagnoses I was 48, I told my oncologist, "Hit me with everything you got", I am too young for this to do...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Gvknitter
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 3 years ago
    Gvknitter's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I start chemo on 5/26/16 after a failed attempt of Rutixan. I got a severe allergic reaction to Rutixan, so am very concerned about ...

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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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    • margiegg
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    almost 3 years ago
    margiegg's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Again as with Radiation more side effects last week of treatment and afterwards. On the whole not bad just flu-like symptoms and fe...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • schmooze
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord...
    almost 3 years ago
    schmooze's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First session completed. Not feeling all that bad. Tired after the chemo sessions but feeling good in that week.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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