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. 1 day ago
    samanthalynn's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    They decided to start me on the medicine bosulif once a day I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now. No side affects right now.

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Mommoms
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast...
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Meds were changed after 2 treatments one tumor grew

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Pilldr
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    2 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Folfox - Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets went very low. Had to have neulasta twice to increase white count. Had to ...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Rosemj
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    4 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I don't like the treatments and the knowledge of what they are doing to my body. I know I have risk of death by doing this.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    FloralGems' Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am currently taking Ibrance with few side effects. Other than a brief and almost deadly experience with Verzenio for one month, I...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 4 days ago
    Drstevenpavia's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    5 days of chemo in a row. Made me sicker than XXX. Took 10 days afterward to start to recover.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    4 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Jan '19 to current

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    4 days ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    June '18 to Oct '18

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    4 days ago
    Tattooboo's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Capecitabine oral pills 2000mg a day Aug '17 to Dec '17 *week before Christmas finished

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    4 days ago
    Tattooboo's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Capecitabine oral pills 2000mg a day

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
    0 Comments
    • Tattooboo
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Brea...
    4 days ago
    Tattooboo's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Sept '16 to Jan '17 ACT treatment done

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Tracee
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    5 days ago
    Tracee's Avatar

    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Carboplaten/taxol gave me weakness,diahrea,nausea ,neutropenia,hives and major fatigue.

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