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. 7 months ago
    SkyFlyer's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My Mother was horribly sick from the chemo. When we went in for bloodwork, they gave her an injection of pain medicine, which made h...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Macvic1
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Small ...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Having a lot of nerothopy

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 7 months ago
    IndianaNana's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    One 3 day treatment left. Minimal side effects thanks to great anti nausea medications. Main problem is the tiredness.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • LKStewart
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangio...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Fatigue and anxiety but helped by doing acupuncture and hypnotherapy.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 7 months ago
    AuburnAngel's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 Rounds of Taxotere

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Hope57
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancrea...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hasn't had it yet, will have it at end of week.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    taken off of Zeloda becasue cancer still was growing

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6/2018- I was put on an oral chemo called zeloda

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    7 months ago
    Tgrosso's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    June 2018 started oral chemo called zeloda scan in Sept showed growth while on it. So stopped in Oct. 2018

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Laker
    • Experience with Undifferentiated, Ovaria...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo went a couple of months longer because of 2 extra surgeries, infections, & wound vac treatments. I was pretty weak when it was...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. 7 months ago
    reigelsberger's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have never had a side effect other than hair & beard loss. I can eat immediately after. I hope its harder on the Cancer than it is o...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    7 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Currently undergoing IV chemo, once every 3 weeks for 18 weeks. Luckily no side effects except for feeling worn out/drained of ener...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
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