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.

    • lauraM
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    3 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I started Lynparza Feb 2020 as a daily oral chemo. By Aug probably being taken off. 2 blood transfusions, 2 hospital stays for 10...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Lindac5125
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangi...
    5 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Became sensitive to metal and cold objects. Experienced fatigue.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  1. 8 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Mine caused diverticulitis and 3 severe intestinal infections. Other than that the normal side effects like fatigue, loss of taste, ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Courtney43
    • Experience with Classic Hodgkin Dis...
    11 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My husband has gone through a study regarding the chemo meds for Hodgkin Lymphoma infusions in 2015 14 day cycle - 12 infusions. His...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 14 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carboplatin I could not finish 2xs because I had a reaction it was the last 2 times.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Only side effect has been peripheral neuropathy

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Lynns888
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    FOLFOX with Avastin is very hard on body. I don’t feel normal until day9

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Sasukesuma
    • Experience with Primary Peritoneal ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started yesterday. No allergic reaction this time.

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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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  3. about 1 month ago
    ChongsHusband's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After realizing that Chong's cancer had metastasized, they switched to palliative chemo to help her breathe. It worked perhaps the ...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
  4. about 1 month ago
    ChongsHusband's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chong was diagnosed with stage 2 stomach cancer. The plan was 6 rounds of FolFox, one month to recover, surgery to remove the tumor,...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • hscancer
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had my first and second chemotherapy, 5/13 & 5/27, with Taxol. Bone and muscle pain which did not respond to OTC medication. Was pre...

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  5. about 1 month ago
    GBMsurvivordad's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Temodar- 1st child to receive in US

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