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.

    • JoJo58
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Nausea, severe allergic reaction hospitalized 3 days!!

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Uintah
    • Experience with Endometrioid Adenocarci...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It isn't a question of which side effects you'll get-- it's which ones you won't get. But all proved manageable.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Flyniah
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in si...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Very hard on me this time! Hospital visit due to fever and low white blood count

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just had my first infusion yesterday. So far so good, just a bit tired.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Freenow
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This is my 6th year cancer free and I haven’t been to the er this year! Cause a celebration!!!

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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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    • MargLucy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I'm now taking capecitabine chemotherapy and targeted Herceptin. This is adjuvant treatment, after initial chemotherapy did not work...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • abrub
    • Experience with Mucinous Adenocarcinoma ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Recently started Folfiri, and my first 2 cycles have gone surprisingly smoothly. However, I'm not up to full dosage yet, and they h...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Odi
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorectal...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had a port inserted for the chemo infusion, was a good decision.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MSchaner
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    hopefully start it on 10-7-19

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • warrenmf
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangioc...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    It went much better then expected.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Marycham
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I went from diagnosis at dr office to hospital to start EPOCH chemo for aggressive B cell nhl. No time to think or prepare. Lot of t...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    2 Comments
  2. over 1 year ago
    JimmyNY23's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    many, many types up till now

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