• Has anyone experienced leg, feet swelling after their chemo? How long did it last?

    Asked by bethmac3s on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Has anyone experienced leg, feet swelling after their chemo? How long did it last?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. My dad had swelling in both his feet, ankles and legs. The worst part lasted a couple weeks. However, I am not sure whether this was from chemo, or the other problems he has going on.

      You want to make sure you tell your doctor about that, because edema can be caused by different things.

      They will probably tell you to elevate your legs when you're sitting down, higher than the level of your heart. Do you have it in both legs? Have you been eating well?

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My feet were swollen for about 9 - 12 months after my last chemo treatment along with peripheral neuropathy in my feet. I wore my loosest shoes and thinnest socks during that time frame. My doctor did a sonogram on my legs to make sure it wasn't DVT (blood clot in the leg) - which it wasn't.

      over 8 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      I had edema in both calves, ankles and feet throughout chemo. I slept with my legs elevated and wore compression hosiery. Staying off the feet as much as possible is advisable. The compression hosiery was nearly impossible to pull on, but was quite effective. It physically forces the fluids back up and out of your legs. Elevating the legs allows gravity to assist. Mine slowly subsided when chemo was over, but still appears in minor amounts once a month or so.

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've had it a few times both during and after chemo. Had an echo cardiogram and venus doppler done the first time it happened to rule out congestive heart failure and a blood clot, respectively. Treated with Laziks for a few days and it goes away. First time was the worst with significant swelling from foot up to knee, but have had a few other bouts of edema in the foot/ankle since then. I also have some lingering peripheral neuropathy which may be a contributing factor.

      over 8 years ago
    • JudyS's Avatar

      Yes, I ended up with so much fluid that I felt like I was sloshing when I walked. I finally went to emergency room and they determined I had pneumonia so you will want to be careful and make sure that your doctor is aware of this and you are keeping your legs elevated as much as possible.

      over 8 years ago
    • DreamyKath's Avatar

      I had the absolute worst swelling in my legs/ankles/feet., along with stabbing bone pain. It got so bad I could barely walk. I took 2 days with nothing but complete bed rest with my feet elevated and for the most part the swelling is gone. I also made it a point to drink more water (as much as I could stand) to help flush out my body. I'm still getting minor swelling, but nothing that a good night of sleep doesn't cure. I hope this helps! <3

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      I have had it since chemo and beyond. In taking antihormones for my cancer, it contributes to this as well. Be sure that you are getting up and moving around, and when sitting or lying down, put your feet up. SOunds simple, but it can help a great deal.

      over 8 years ago
    • joniew's Avatar

      Hi. I had swelling which began after treatment four through to the end (had six treatments). It lasted about a month. (A month after my last chemo treatment I did the City of Hope Walk for Hope, and luckily, it had just gotten better - it was almost exactly a month after the last treatment.) The advice I got from a nurse practitioner was to actually exercise - do more walking. (I couldn't do it. It was just too painful and I couldn't walk even a half a block without having to stop. So I just had to wait until it went away. When it did, really made me appreciate the ABILITY of being able to walk!) Good Luck! As others have said, be sure to tell your doctor.

      over 8 years ago
    • bethmac3s' Avatar

      Thank you everyone! I have been walking, drinking water, etc. I am a month and half out of treatment, and still dealing with this swelling!

      over 8 years ago
    • angelsurvuvor's Avatar

      I finished my chemo 5 years ago and still experience swelling in right ankle and foot, mostly during the hot weather....I drink plenty of fluids and walk 4 miles a day 5x a week and yet I still get it....only right foot mind you...so who knows...it is certainly do to the treatments as I never had it before....winter time I am usually free of it...I also notice if I sit for long periods of time at the computer it happens....

      almost 8 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      I hope you are doing well. This is not an unusual side effect.

      Below is a link to experiences WhatNexters have shared around swelling.

      I hope this helps.


      almost 8 years ago

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