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.

    • Tsmls1984
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The first chemo I received sent me to the ER after each dose.

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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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    • mahina
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Round 5. Hard recovery that lasted way past a week. So over it.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    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

    I seem to be tolerating the chemo much better this time. Eating more carefully and resting rather than trying to fight the fatigue ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • tnectravel
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This week was the 2nd treatment so far.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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