• How Long will it takes the chemo to get out of your body

    Asked by Marjorie on Thursday, November 7, 2013

    How Long will it takes the chemo to get out of your body

    How Long will it takes the chemo to get out of your body

    18 Answers from the Community

    18 answers
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Do you mean between each round of chemo or after you are done?

      I had TAC chemo every 3 weeks....usually about 5 days after chemo, I started feeling better....and felt decent by the time the next chemo rolled around....I started rads 3 weeks post chemo so I can't really tell you how long till I felt "normal".......My hair started growing back about a month after chemo, I had peach fuzz.....

      over 4 years ago
    • lola08's Avatar

      Seems like I remember being told that about 1 month after the last treatment it would pretty much be out of your system. I was so happy that I reached my last taxol treatment with all of my nails still intact - then 2 fingernails began to lift sometime during that month after treatments were over. But while I was losing a few fingernails, my hair began growing back!!! It was a tradeoff for a short while!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I'm unsure about the answer as the question is ambiguous. For pharmacology the pharmacists (oncology) and perhaps your oncologist can tell you what that is ( highest concentration in bloodstream, excretion by kidney). It was obvious with the part of the AC chemo as my urine was vey bright red and then it became normal, so the highest concentrations for that to get out of my system was just a few days.

      How long the effects linger in your body, that's a different story. The cells that were hard hit by the chemo (beyond the cancer cells) may never be the same again. Two years post 8 cycles of dose dense chemo my eyelashes still fall out in clumps. When will you feel like yourself again? I say never, this is a new normal. In terms of feeling good, I felt better before any of my treatments started. But I will say that a year after chemo I started living life more normally, and almost experiencing "good health". After two years it was better.

      I took a trip a year after treatment, but just after my last Herceptin. The trip involved a long plane ride and lots of sightseeing. I've never had swollen ankles. After the plane ride back my feet and ankles were extremely swollen, like something out of a medical textbook. Two years + into this I haven't had that issue.

      over 4 years ago
    • barbdee's Avatar

      Hi, From what I have learned, about 6 months. My nails, eyelashes & eyebrows only got bad after I finished my TCH treatments (6). The damage to nerve endings in my fingers & feet may never go away or I might one of the lucky ones & have it subside. My hair started growing back before treatment ended. I thought radiation after effects were pretty intense. Lots of pain, swelling, fatigue & headache. Good luck in your healing! Barb

      over 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I was on taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin, My oncologist said it took 24 hours to clear my body, the effects are another matter.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was told it would take about 6 months for chemo to completely leave my body - however there are lingering effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was told it would take about 6 months for chemo to completely leave my body - however there are lingering effects.

      over 4 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      I am not sure of an exact answer. My chemo nurse said it takes 72 hours to pass the chemo through your system, i.e. urinating it out; however, side effects seem to want to hang on for about 3 weeks to a month afterward. It took that long for my hair to start growing back, though now my eyelashes are sparse on top and bald on the bottom. Eyebrows are thin, but my friends don't think that is a huge problem. My cycle hasn't come since May, and body hair hasn't been the same with my need to shave my legs being cut down dramatically. My underarms have been bald since June and are still bald as is another area of my body, which will go nameless. My hair has come from baby fuzz and is now like fur, still too short to do anything with, so I still wear my wig or a hat when in public. I think the yucky "I licked a flag pole" taste has finally gone from my mouth, and I am not as worn out; however, I hear radiation tires you too. I hope all goes well for you and that God diminishes the side effects you would experience. HUGS

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have seen people give their own description of this and it has varied from a few weeks to months depending on the individual and the type of treatment given. Lots of these treatments are identical from person to person, but how they affect us is different. Hope it gets out of your system quick and you start to feel better real quick!

      over 4 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Here's my story. Chemo ended at the end of May 2013. My hair started to grow back in June and is about 1/2 today (11/8). Regained muscle control in my legs in July or August - walking down the stairs was a little scary and walking up the stairs was very taxing. In August a big toenail fell off and I noticed that 2 smaller nails had fallen off at some point. In October the other big nail fell off. I have one to go. My bladder function (urge sensation, control) came back in October. I still have neuropathy in fingertips and toes, sometimes on the tip of my tongue (onset after AC, in early April). Eyebrows and eyelashes are back. The hair on my legs is ape-like (ugh). Oh, yeah, all my hair grew back - the chin hairs and mustache included - hahaha. Seriously, I wonder if it leaves the capillaries. Research shows that "chemo brain" does not improve with time. I cannot wear regular shoes yet because of the pain they cause my toes, so I wear wide toed leather slip-ons, thank you Clarke's! Are we having fun yet???

      over 4 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      As others have said, there are 2 components to how long it takes for chemotherapy agents to clear: the short-term, pharmacological clearance, and the long-term side effects. Short-term, given normal kidney/liver function, I was told that the chemo takes approximately 3 days after infusion to be excreted - for me, it took about a week after each infusion to feel like myself again. Longer term recovery, however, takes awhile...my last treatment was at the end of September, and my onc told me to expect to experience some of the fatigue and other lingering side effects for another 6 months or so. Hair regrowth takes a while - I am fuzzed in, but nowhere near having a full head of hair (getting back your "normal" hair can take upwards of a year), and my nails will take awhile as well. On the other hand, these things are definitely livable.

      Namaste, Christine

      over 4 years ago
    • fluteplayer's Avatar

      Its been two years since I left that horror behind. still not like I use to be . hair came back, thin in spots. since I feel so lousy I blame it all on the chemo.Drink lots of water and do alot of praying.

      over 4 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      When you see your nail bends go back to normal color,, due to bluish purple bends from chemo,, which took almost a year for me.

      over 4 years ago
    • barbsrec's Avatar

      Every body is different because we don't know if they have other health issues. What I can tell you is everyday there would be a minute difference and at the end of the week I would look at everything and say well I felt better than I did the week before. I am a year and a half and I still look at things and say gee I feel better than I did a year ago. So for me I took it one day at a time. Drink plenty of water to keep flushing your body out.

      over 4 years ago
    • NadJan's Avatar

      Nurse navigator told me three days each time. I drank three to five bottles of water a day after each session for a few days. I wanted it out as fast as possible.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      This all depends on the individual. Depending on kidney function, metabolism, and overall health, age, etc, will determine how fast for each. On your end do your best to support your overall health..lots of fluids ..flush it through. Exercise even moderately will help with fatigue and help metabolize the chemo quicker. Some vitamin support.. I was told B6 for neuropathy, B12 for fatique, Magnesium Lactate for aches, and vit D to help support immune system and side effect of that is also overall mood lifter. Also, keep your diet at a more alkaline level.. lots of organic greens, nut based oils, fresh organic fruits and only lean organic meats- grass fed beef only. Stay away from packaged, processed, or high preservative foods. These are all key to faster recovery and overall well being. After following this advice pretty strictly I was pretty much back to normal after chemo in about a month. That is after having terrible side effects from Taxol. Then I had a major setback after rads and starting Tamoxifen. So, got more rest, let rad burns heal, kept up with good diet.. although had to do very little exercise. Then about 1 month after rads started to feel better again and went back to full activity. Now I'm recovering from DIEP reconstruction, it has been 6 weeks and I'm still not able to exercise, also keeping up with clean eating, but rads caused so much damage to skin tissue, etc, it is longer healing process. So each step along the way..just have to take care of ourselves. I keep saying ..this too shall pass and focus on taking this down time to explore and learn new things. Whew, what a journey!

      over 4 years ago
    • sandikf's Avatar

      Marjorie I don't think anyone really knows this especailly since everyone is different.

      over 4 years ago
    • holmesch's Avatar

      I stopped chemo in jan6 that was y last dosage it made me so sick and plus some of my hearing got damage but all in all I am blessed and thank God from where He has brought me. Right now I am taking g antidepressant and a àniexty mediçine that chemo kind mess me up a little

      almost 2 years ago

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