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.

    • Yogamama1
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Pain from WBC booster, hair loss, incont. at times, brain fog, extreme fatigue and nausea.

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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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    • Dingbat
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    7 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I’m only beginning week 2 so difficult to know what’s going to happen. Hoping for the best.

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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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    • Linr
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) D...
    12 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The only problem was the Neulasta shots the day after. My daughter, a trauma nurse, administered my shots to me.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Roni50
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Many side effects now

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • JRCruz
    • Experience with Acute Myeloid Leukemia ...
    17 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    This was one procedure did not impact my body or muscle mass like radiation did. !

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • CherieF
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    19 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on Adriamycin and Cytoxin as well as Nulasta. It has been difficult.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Miche1229
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    20 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have 2 young kids. 2 boys, ages almost 5 and a little baby who just turned 1 on 4/30. He was 7 months at the time i was diagnosed ...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Jamminjam3
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Not...
    21 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First round of chemo went well, minimal side effects. Day 3 and 4 were kinda rough. Wobbly legs, I took epson salt bath, and rubbed ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Marelady
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    22 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Did 3 rounds of red devil chemo and the 3rd one just about did me in. No more. Lost hair--hideous. Scars from lumpectomy still sore....

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • rahlf43
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    23 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    regimen caused severe gastritis resulting in additional hospitalization and delay in treating the tumor

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was lucky that during chemo I did not have many side effects, however, post chemo I have had many long lasting side effects and is...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 24 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    First day of Chemo I was very nervous, but the nursing staff made feel calm. She explains everything I need to know and assured me ...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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