• How long does it take most of you to feel better after chemo?

    Asked by SabrinaHicks on Thursday, December 13, 2012

    How long does it take most of you to feel better after chemo?

    First time only 4 days but now about 7 days to feel better. Every tie I do chemo it is getting harder.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • po18guy's Avatar

      It took me a couple of months to feel better after the rather intense double regimen I had as induction therapy. But, that was a bombardment intended to stop a rare and aggressive lymphoma that had no standard treatment. Anyway, I am now on a recently approved non-chemo drug that is a miracle, but still has side effects. I have anorexia for 2-3 days following treatment. It is nearly impossible to eat without choking on the food. Yet, the ability to eat comes back and by the Friday after Monday treatment, I can usually begin to eat normally once again. I did this for a year and a half when the drug was experimental, but that is simply what you do when you have the choice of clinical trial drug or hospice. I am now down to a single monthly treatment, and the anorexia pattern remains the same. The blessing is that I get three weeks of feeling fairly normal. The neuropathy from the original chemo is still here, and will likely never go away. But, I was not expected to survive 2008, so I have no complaints.

      over 7 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar

      Same thing with my grandma. She also noticed that days 10 and 17 were the worst. Hope you get to feeling better.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Look at it like this. When you start chemo you're at 100% and the chemo knocks you down to 50%. You're able to recover to about 80% and then get more chemo. This time your knocked down to about 40% but you're only able to recover to about 70%. Another round of chemo knocks you down to 30% and this time you recover to about 60%. This is kind of how chemo was for me.

      over 7 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      For everyone and every drug the answer is different. My drugs, rituxan and bendamustine, have relatively minor side effects for most people, except that, for me, rituxan causes a major reaction. The last time I had rituxan I ended up in the emergency room. The funny thing was, though, that the lingering side effects were less that time than previous times, probably because they got so little rituxan in me.

      over 7 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      Like Harry said, everyone is different and each poison is different. Each round of chemo will knock you down a little harder than the previous one. It took me almost 3 months to get back to full strength after my final treatment.

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Knock on wood, I haven't had the downward slide that TC described. I'm getting ready for round 5 of 6 next week. Usually I get my treatment on Thursdays. I'm good Thursday and Friday. Saturday I have to use the narcotics, as I get really bad leg, foot and ankle pains. Sunday I start weaning myself back, as I'm working through this and need to be able to drive on Monday. My cane usually comes w/me to work on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mostly to help me stand up and sit down. Plus it makes a good weapon for bashing coworkers. I'm back to mostly normal in less than a week. A lot depends on the individual (I think it's easier for me than some because my WBC & RBC have both remained in the normal range) and what type of chemo you are getting. I hope it gets better for you.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      it took me a solid week to start feeling better. Being that I had two weeks in between a solid week of chemo to recover, I was feeling pretty good my second week. Like I said, I was feeling great just in time for another round. What was amazing to me was how good I thought I felt before receiving a blood transfusion. I felt GREAT afterwards!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      When I had weekly chemo I would feel good the day after it thanks to the steroid pre-chemo. Two days later I was very low energy and high poop for a day or two. Got worse about midway through the treatment.
      When I went to weekly treatment I was low energy about 2 days later, and it lasted for 2 days.

      I did not have chemo that made me nauseated. Good luck with your treatments.

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Hi Sabrina, welcome to the site from a fellow Vol, even though they suckit right now. I had one type of treatment that it took all week long, just about the time I started to feel better, it was time to make the donuts again. The other one I had, I only felt bad a couple days and then started feeling better. As everyone will tell you, we all react differently to it.

      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      over 7 years ago
    • ConnieB's Avatar

      It has been a year since finishing chemo and I am still struggling with fatigue as far as sleeping and in my muscles. I have not been able to get back to the active life I had pre-cancer.

      over 7 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      I usually had a few down days after chemo, it was much worse when I was on three days in a row every three weeks. I'd get knocked down pretty bad for a few days and then start to get back up again. The biggest problem was that I would start feeling pretty good when my WBC's were at their lowest (so I would have to remind myself to be cautious because I was so prone ot infection). I would be itching to get out of the house and do stuff by the second week.

      When I was on just one day of chemo I recovered much faster...

      over 7 years ago
    • scooterb's Avatar

      I have been diagnosed with stage 3 herr 2 breast cancer. My first chemo round have been rough. So I cant' imagine what round 2 will be like. I started feeling aweful on my 6 day and it is now day10. I can't eat, my stomach hurts all the time, and headache s. Not too bad body pain. I need relief, what can I do?

      over 6 years ago

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