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.

    • Paddyj
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    10 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My spouse was a long-time smoker. Despite giving up smoking a while back she developed a worrying cough. X-Ray’s were taken and an o...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Zonda71
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    19 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    3 Sessions in between radiation

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
    0 Comments
    • Morwen
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    20 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Just started. Feeling mildly tired but it's just the beginning.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    21 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Avastin and Doxil.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sapech
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    21 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had IVIP - WHICH IS regular chemo in chest port and intraperitoneal chemo though my hip port. Pretty rough chemo regimen.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • alexislwk
    • Experience with Adrenal Cortical Can...
    25 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    17 rounds of chemo

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • MiaMag5
    • Experience with Acute Myelomonocytic L...
    27 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Life affirming experience. Also, a shout out to my insurance co. They were part of my healing. Without Health Net picking up every ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Countrygal
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    29 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Round 7 of chemo done. .

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • marzru
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    30 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The side effects were horrible....I only had 4 out of 6 treatments due to the reactions I was having...constant nausea, extreme tire...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    1 Comment
    • PattyF
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am on FolFox chemotherapy

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Beckihh53
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopia...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Very tired and a lot of aches

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • wyde1340
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    For the first week, all was fine. Starting the ,2nd week, I couldn't stop vomiting or diarreah. At this point, I called my nurse pra...

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