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. about 1 month ago
    hollyccarter's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    6 rounds of chemo, given each infusion 3 weeks apart. Cytoxin and Taxotere.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Neri
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 month ago
    Neri's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Multiple lines of chemo - VAD, velcade, dex, thalidomide, melphalan. Currently on a triple drug combo velcade dex thalidomide. Side ...

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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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    • DocDeb
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was given Velcade as treatment and told that the side effects would be minimal. They were not. I was sick 5 days out of 7. I was a...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • TracieR
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Maintenance velcade

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JJMom
    • Experience with Gastrointestinal Stromal...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Dose recently lowered due to liver

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • MargLucy
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I just began chemotherapy February 15. I have two different cancers in my right breast. One is triple negative, the other negative f...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  2. about 1 month ago
    sockmonkette's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had Taxotere, plus two immunotherapies (Herceptin and Perjeta). After 3-4 months, the Taxotere ended and life became much easier o...

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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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    • Mamaguerra
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    2 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Maintenance is not so bad but the Platinums ugh horrible

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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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    • Sellersgrl
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast...
    2 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had TCHP, 6 rounds over 18 weeks. I worked the whole time and side effects weren’t nearly as bad as I expected.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Traumatic

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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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  3. 2 months ago
    CathyMurphy's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First treatment on the 20 TCHP everyb3 weeks 6 times

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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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    • kstopps
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    2 months ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Doing 4 cycles of AC (every 2 weeks) followed by 12 cycles of Taxol (every week)

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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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