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.

    • Jdrccapr
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Starting tomorrow 4-15-19 so we'll see.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
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    • JenWeber
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I do inpatient chemotherapy treatments every 2 weeks. I am in the hospital for 6 days. I have done well with chemotherapy, just the ...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. 9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just finished my 4 treatment has 2 more to go the worst experience i ever been through it is affecting my taste so i can't eat for...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Ruhmer
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Did platinum chemo and radiation at same time

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. 10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Oxaliplatin & 5FU initially. Reduced to 5FU solely due to extreme neuropathy. Destroyed WBC to zero; hospitalized & near death due t...

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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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  3. 10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am taking quite a few natural supplements and vitamins which I feel minimized the normal side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  4. 10 months ago
    coffeecarole's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have a 30 minute Keytruda infusion every three weeks.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • cards7up
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had carbo/alimta and extreme fatigue for me. Very little nausea due to IV Aloxi before treatment.

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox with Avastin. Horrible cold sensitivity. Neuropathy. Bloody nose.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After chemotherapy infusions I was moved to oral chemo called Xeloda. Gave me hand foot syndrome, but I was still able to work.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • MsRider
    • Experience with Appendix Cancer
    10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Put on Folfiri with Avastin. Hair loss and fatigue were the worst of it. Has mild nausea.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. 10 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Starting in 10 days

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
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