• Has anyone had "good" side effects from chemo?

    Asked by Peroll on Friday, January 18, 2013

    Has anyone had "good" side effects from chemo?

    After getting the list of possible side effects for the new chemo drug I just started twice, once form the Dr and once form the pharmacist, it was long and scary as usula. I was wondering if anyone has ever had a side effect from chemo that they though was positive? If not maybe we cvould all imagine a side effect that we would like to have form out chemo drugs?

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    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      I didn't lose my hair, but it went dead straight, and I loved it! Curls are back now!

      about 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar
      Debbie

      I lost 12 pounds :) !

      about 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      No more 15.00 haircuts!

      about 4 years ago
    • TinaJacques' Avatar
      TinaJacques

      Well as it turned out I looked fabulicious bald lmao... but I gained 30 pounds! Booooo! But hey.... here is the BEST side effect EVER!!!!! Ready for it????? I killed cancer and it didn't kill me! :)

      I'm in a playful mood, can you tell? ;)

      about 4 years ago
    • Nanc620's Avatar
      Nanc620

      I think I may actually be able to finally give up on Coke! It tastes awful...it I could get rid of cancer and my pop frenzy, that would be cool!

      about 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      I couldn't eat so I lost almost 30 lbs, didn't have to spend money on haircuts or razors, didn't have to spend time drying my hair in the morning and my skin was silky smooth which really turned on my husband!

      about 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      I like the answer, "I killed cancer and it didn't kill me."

      The best side effect? Well, you need to know that I get all the drama I need, and then some, with rituxan. It always seems that a rituxan dose will turn into a battle royale to see who will win. But, bendamustine is easy. No drama, no battle, no side effects, nothing. Last month, though, was different. It was the first time I was treated for the returned cancer. My WM had transformed into diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and had formed a large tumor in my cheek. There had been off-and-on pain for a few weeks as the growing tumor pressed against the bones of my jaw. As it happened, I was treated with bendamustine first. As the infusion started, I went into a strange state. I wasn't actually unconscious, but I couldn't see anything of my surroundings. I was aware of a strange pinwheel circling the tumor in my check. The tumor felt "crawly" like things were moving in it. None of this was unpleasant and I enjoyed the sensation until the bendamustine ran out and I returned to the real world. I never experienced anything like that before and haven't since. The tumor never caused me pain again and was visibly shrunken by morning. After a second bendamustine dose (without the psychodelic effects) the tumor almost completely vanished.

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I must admit I was looking forward to losing weight, given the fact I am over weight, but thanks to the steroids I have a gained about 10 lbs. :). I buzzed my hair before I lost it at the beginning of the summer and got an edgy new look, not only that, no issues with damp and wet hair making my life a misery on hot humid days.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      Well, I started losing my hair so I shaved my head to a crewcut. After it started growing back in, I realized I love short hair! I never would have cut my hair this short on my own, so that was positive. But not really a side effect.

      about 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      gave me a great complexion. No oily spots, no blackheads. Smooth skin. Got pampered!

      about 4 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar
      Grandy

      HA! Yes! TMI alert!!! I have struggles with constipation because I have Fibromyalgia! Since Chemo, I am not!

      AND NObody gives you presents for having Fibromyalgia, but you get lots of grift for having breast cancer! HA!!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar
      Loafer

      I had lower back pain from arthritis before treatment - don't feel a thing now - that chemo cocktail knocks everything out. Also love not having to shave legs!!!

      about 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Main effect.... I'm Cancer Free! I'm Alive! I can dance!
      Found out who my friends were..
      I too gained weight... but it comes off after steroids.
      My hair didn't grow back enough to wear... I love my Paula Young Wigs.

      about 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Main effect.... I'm Cancer Free! I'm Alive! I can dance!
      Found out who my friends were..
      I too gained weight... but it comes off after steroids.
      My hair didn't grow back enough to wear... I love my Paula Young Wigs.
      I forgot..... I made some wonderful friends of the chemo nurses...

      about 4 years ago
    • Nightengale's Avatar
      Nightengale

      Have struggled with acne entire adult life except during chemo.... kind of miss that clear skin!

      about 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      My true friends came forward and offered support. My enemies were much more clearly defined by treating me negatively in spite of having cancer. I have found so many wigs that I can wear any color I wish without paying my hairstylist. Ironically, I have not lost any of my long hair. And, I also lost 12 pounds. I could eat a bag of CHOCOLATE and not gain a pound!

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      Flawless skin!

      Also saved a ton of time every day not having to shampoo/condition/style my hair, shave my legs, pluck my eyebrows, or apply deodorant.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar
      Lindy

      I wish, gained 40 pounds. I did learn to enjoy being only slightly sick instead darned sick as I neared the next infusion. Oh, applesauce, something I never ate, became tasty.

      about 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar
      LauraJo

      Lost 50 lbs, which was great, but 35 of it came back, and am trying very hard to keep it off. Loved not having to shave legs, etc. Although I had a runny nose during chemo, my allergies were non-existant for months, as well as my sore knees and knuckles. So far most of those problems have remained minor. Oddest thing - my singing voice was much improved, maybe due to lack of allergies.

      about 4 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      You learn who your true friends are!

      about 4 years ago
    • mariagz's Avatar
      mariagz

      During treatment, I didn't have any good side effects. I had the usual not so nice stuff. I too enjoyed using no shampoo, no deoderant, and no leg shaving because of the hair loss. But after treatment, I noticed I didn't get sinus headaches and I wasn't stuffy in the mornings, as I had been. I also noticed much more regularity and less upset stomachs. I also had clearer skin. A truly silver lining in some pretty dark clouds!

      about 4 years ago
    • wheels9080's Avatar
      wheels9080

      When I started my hair was so gray it was almost white, I never lost my hair however it is growing black as it did when I was a kid. I guess now it looks like what they call low lights.

      about 4 years ago
    • wheels9080's Avatar
      wheels9080

      My hair was so gray it was almost white, I never lost my hair but as it grows now it is black, like when I was a kid. I guess they call it low lights. Soon it will be all dark again.

      about 4 years ago
    • tjnunn's Avatar
      tjnunn

      Our Son Max got sterilized for free when he received his chemotherapy and from the time he got cancer till when he died at the age of seven he never had to spend any of his allowance on condoms. We saved a fortune! We have cut down on our grocery bills, school shopping supplies and so many other things since our son got cancer and died. Its almost like our budget for a family of four has been cut by 25%? Over time we may even save enough to pay off all of the credit card bills we got from him being sick. We lost our house and now our mobile home payment is only 1/2 of our original mortgage. We are saving in so many ways. I must admit though I was mistaken to have blamed so much of what happened since the time our son got sick with cancer on childhood cancer. I recently found out from one of the representatives from the ACS that "childhood cancer" is a misnomer? She said there are no cancers that affect just children and that is why you cannot donate to them and have it go specifically towards pediatric cancer research. I felt so stupid after fighting for the last couple of years to help raise $100,000 for pediatric cancer research just to find out there is no such thing? Thank you American Cancer Society for all that you are not doing for a disease that does not even exist in children? We also expect to save approx 50% on the costs to put our remaining child through college. I am no math wizard but I think that my equation is correct 2 Children - 1 child = 1/2 college costs? STOP CHILDHOOD cANCER!

      http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=roC31A7wAr4

      about 4 years ago
    • Amir's Avatar
      Amir

      I was flu-stricken most of the time before my chemo, but I've rarely had to deal with the flu since it was done!

      about 4 years ago
    • tjnunn's Avatar
    • nance's Avatar
      nance

      Yes, very smooth skin. Now that I am done with chemo-11/26/13 and went thru a terrible time....I think now it was worth it. My ct scan in Dec showed no evidence of the disease and my hair is growing back thick, wavy and the color it was in my 20's....No grey in my hair. Oh and my hair use to be thin and straight. See there are some advantages.

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      I lost 45 pounds (I've put it back on now)

      about 4 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar
      Joachima

      1. I have been blessed to be surrounded by very dear family & friends who lifted me in prayer throughout my treatment, and who still pray for me. So many friends that I haven't seen in years supported me & my family with meals, prayers, gifts, cards & calls. It made feel as though I was not forgotten.
      2. No shaving legs or underarms for months ... and no need for deodorant !!!
      3. No Evidence of Disease - this is really the most cherished benefit of all.

      about 4 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar
      LisaLathrop

      Never have to shave my legs or pits in 4+ years! My hair used to be very fine and straighter than a board. It is curly now...something I always wished for when I was young....but omg, seriously!!! It's tight!

      about 4 years ago
    • sweethart2912's Avatar
      sweethart2912

      main positive effect is no more cancer cells. most useful side effect hair did not grow back under my arms or on my legs.

      about 4 years ago
    • sandkdawson's Avatar
      sandkdawson

      No hair loss (some thinning) and reduced tumor size is a nice bonus.

      about 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar
      LauraJo

      And I know I am probably jinxing myself, but I have been very very well...missed the flu, winter colds, Don't mean I miss them, just havent' had them. Go figure.

      about 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar
      SpunkyS

      A writer to "Dear Annie" column answers this question well. http://www.arcamax.com/lifeadvice/anniesmailbox/s-1270225

      about 4 years ago
    • kevin_ryan's Avatar
      kevin_ryan

      My arthritis went away as did my allergies. I had always suffered from arthritis in my knees for the past 20+ years, but now there is no pain. The nurses told me that the chemo drugs are the best cure for arthritis but too extreme to be normally prescribed. I have also suffered allergies since I was a teen (in my 50's now) but since being diagnosed with the cancer I don't even carry tissues anymore. No more sneezing or runny nose.
      Still I would take it all back to be free of this terrible disease and the never ending pain I am in.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      I started eating more fruits and vegetables every day to improve my blood levels for the next chemo. Remember you had cancer, it never had you!!

      over 3 years ago
    • deena's Avatar
      deena

      Well...I lost 50 pounds because I couldn't keep anything down except Ensure Plus. Unfortunately, I've gained about 30 of those pounds back. My appetite returned a few weeks after my last treatment. I lost a lot of hair so I shaved my head. I used to have poker straight hair. It came back in wavy. I love it!! Oh...my skin, sloughed off constantly so after treatment, I was told my skin was beautiful. I guess my new skin looked youthful, like I had dermabrasion.

      over 3 years ago
    • ginab4's Avatar
      ginab4

      Funny you should ask....Went through chemo last year for breast cancer. Something positive and good did happen to me. I wrote a book! It's called "The Positive side of Chemo." While under the influence I wrote a journal but it came out in rhyme, I also somehow became an artist. I drew pictures from my pc and wrote numerous poems on the topic of thoughts all while going thru chemo. The distraction kept my mind off of the side effects and also gave my body a sense of needed peace.
      Chemo sucked, but it changed my life for the better. The most important, and best side effect of chemo for me was finding God in the midst of my turmoil.
      And P.S. I love my hair now!

      over 3 years ago
    • ginab4's Avatar
      ginab4

      Funny you should ask....Went through chemo last year for breast cancer. Something positive and good did happen to me. I wrote a book! It's called "The Positive side of Chemo." While under the influence I wrote a journal but it came out in rhyme, I also somehow became an artist. I drew pictures from my pc and wrote numerous poems on the topic of thoughts all while going thru chemo. The distraction kept my mind off of the side effects and also gave my body a sense of needed peace.
      Chemo sucked, but it changed my life for the better. The most important, and best side effect of chemo for me was finding God in the midst of my turmoil.
      And P.S. I love my hair now!

      over 3 years ago
    • ginab4's Avatar
      ginab4

      Funny you should ask....Went through chemo last year for breast cancer. Something positive and good did happen to me. I wrote a book! It's called "The Positive side of Chemo." While under the influence I wrote a journal but it came out in rhyme, I also somehow became an artist. I drew pictures from my pc and wrote numerous poems on the topic of thoughts all while going thru chemo. The distraction kept my mind off of the side effects and also gave my body a sense of needed peace.
      Chemo sucked, but it changed my life for the better. The most important, and best side effect of chemo for me was finding God in the midst of my turmoil.
      And P.S. I love my hair now!

      over 3 years ago
    • ginab4's Avatar
      ginab4

      Hi,
      I Went through chemo last year for breast cancer. Something positive and good did happen to me. I wrote a book! It's called "The Positive side of Chemo." While under the influence I wrote a journal but it came out in rhyme, I also somehow became an artist. I drew pictures from my pc and wrote numerous poems on the topic of thoughts all while going thru chemo. The distraction kept my mind off of the side effects and also gave my body a sense of needed peace.
      Chemo sucked, but it changed my life for the better. The most important, and best side effect of chemo for me was finding God in the midst of my turmoil.
      And P.S. I love my hair now!

      over 3 years ago
    • ginab4's Avatar
      ginab4

      sorry, don't know why my post came up multiple times.. new at this!

      over 3 years ago
    • TealRose8212's Avatar
      TealRose8212

      The information sheets, ah I remember them well. The Dr would hand me the sheet and I would read about the side effects and end up saying.....Greaaaat just what I always wanted to experience. But seriously, I am glad I don't have to shave, also I now know why everyone loved my thick hair ( mine has thinned, but is still there), I have lost my sweet tooth and now turn to fruits and veggies when I need a sweet treat. I've gotten closer with my siblings and made a batch of new friends. I know who is there for me. And I'm no longer afraid to live life under my terms!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ali's Avatar
      Ali

      not having to shave is a pretty good side effect, or not being able to gain weight but that can go either way im under weight so its kind of a bad thing but for most people it would be a good thing, also you dont have to clean/do chores. Some of the other benifits ive found of having cancer are: people tend to give you stuff because you have cancer, you get a great excuse to get away with basically anything, its the best excuse to get out of doing chores. Its basically a get out of jail free card.

      over 3 years ago
    • Mona6518's Avatar
      Mona6518

      Let's see....

      I told my Onc that chemo was the best diet I'd been on (lost 15 lbs). He told me I needed to find a better diet than chemo.

      I also have healthier hair now that's all new growth :)

      I learned that I was stronger than I knew, and that my hubby would always have my back.

      about 3 years ago
    • pmooty's Avatar
      pmooty

      My skin glowed! It looked like I had a tan the whole time and I went through chemo in fall/winter! No shaving my legs for all those months! And of course, I'm now cancer-free. Wahooo!!

      about 3 years ago
    • bhurdlow's Avatar
      bhurdlow

      Well, the chemo diet is not one I'd recommend, but I do enjoy wearing my skinny jeans! ;) I like the idea of embracing the side effects if you can - try visualizing the cancer cells dying when you're feeling sick, or that the rash you developed is just evidence that it's working. It's a great way to embrace the process. Of course, some days you're just going to be hating it and that's okay too. I hope the side effects, good and otherwise, all result in a successful treatment for you!

      about 3 years ago
    • Lamarcy21's Avatar
      Lamarcy21

      I lost those pesky 5 pounds that always creep up on me. Looked terrific in a bikini! My hair got thicker! It hadn't been that thick and shiny since I was pregnant! Seriously. My hairdresser confirmed. I had time to consider what was important to me in life and reorganized some things.

      almost 3 years ago
    • queen's Avatar
      queen

      I got closer with God and thus pray to be cancer free. Lots of support from my
      family and friends. This helps me to get through whatever I have and is going through with the side effects. I am at peace and feel blessed. May God continue to bless you. Love you all.

      over 1 year ago

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