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. 4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Foot and mouth sores, still have them on the bottom of my feet, but blisters in my mouth once I stopped went away.

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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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  2. 4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Votrient, 24/7 sick, couldn't keep anything down at all.

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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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    • Nikkii
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Cadzilla is what I am on now easiest chemo no side effects no hair loss just thankful it’s working for now hormone therapy only work...

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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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    • Dminix
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Hair loss, nausea, tiredness, random pains

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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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    • Weawag
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bone pain and fever are horrible

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Psm
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Gallbladde...
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My husband of 20 years, is the one with cancer. He has been my night in shining armour, my best friend always. I will be his caregi...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • plook
    • Experience with Thymoma
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Losing some hearing due to cisplatin. Losing hair now. Appetite is suspect on most days.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The side effects of the chemo was so severe that I ended up having to cancel the chemotherapy and only continuing with radiation.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • RonRon
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I’ve only had one treatment... I don’t know what to expect. I had some challenges in my first treatment. I’m worried about next trea...

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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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    • Jon123
    • Experience with Bladder Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Have been on different types of chemo and immunology drugs for 3 years

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Weawag
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    1st of 4 treatments yesterday. All went smoothly until about 2 hours after treatment when there were a few waves of queasiness . Th...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Themizzes
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    4 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    3 pills morning, 3 @ night...infusions 1x/week for 2 weeks then 1 week off. Nauseated, weak, lots of pain even with pills. Insuranc...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
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