• How soon after starting chemo will I feel sick

    Asked by Chrissybdyiit on Sunday, February 2, 2014

    How soon after starting chemo will I feel sick

    41 Answers from the Community

    41 answers
    • midgieb's Avatar

      Don't be so sure you are going to be sick, not everybody gets sick. Please remember everybody is different. I have taken a lot of chemo and I have never been really sick. I won't lie to you I have had some side effects but nothing I would call feeling sick or nothing that I haven't been able to handle. Good luck to you. I hope you don't get sick either.

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Like midgieb says, it depends on a lot. I got sick within 30 minutes of leaving the facility. But they didn't have all the anit nausea meds then that they do now. It also depends on the type of chemo, one type I received made me sick, the other kind I never got sick. Lots of variables. Maybe you won't all, we are wishing that for you.

      over 6 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      As Greg says, these days, the anti-nausea drugs are much improved, even from when I had four Adriamycin-Cytoxin treatments for breast cancer fourteen years ago. A friend of mine just finished chemo and radiation for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and in addition to regular anti-nausea drugs she was given steroids to prevent nausea (something I wasn't given), and she did very well with those. For me, I felt pretty okay the day of the infusion and began feeling queasy - but not outright nauseated - only the next day. I was able to carry out my usual daily living for most of the three months of treatment. Best of luck to you - Carool

      over 6 years ago
    • jgoat01's Avatar

      I took 4 rounds of ac "red devil" and 4 rounds of taxotere. Not once did I get sick. I was blessed the whole time. Stay positive cause everyone is different and I believe that you must program you attitude to beat this and take it one day at a time. Plus they should give you anti nausea pills as well. Best of luck and think positive. God bless you.

      over 6 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar

      If you mean nausea, the anti-nausea drugs work well. I got sick three days after the infusion. I would throw up once. This occurred after every infusion. Good luck with your chemo.

      over 6 years ago
    • Mortaci's Avatar

      My husband did not get sick until 2 days after he took his pump off. Every time the same thing he has had 17 treatments. Never threw up just felt like it. He would start feeling good after about. 5 days.

      over 6 years ago
    • MMarie's Avatar

      I was never nauseous, not one second. I had four rounds of AC and four of taxol. Never with any of the surgeries either. I hope you have the same.

      over 6 years ago
    • Marce's Avatar

      I never did get sick or nauseous if that's what you mean. I had my chemo on Mondays and I was tired after. On Tuesdays I felt great probably because of the steroids given with my chemo. Wednesdays, I was exhausted and restless. Thursdays, I experienced even more exhaustion, allI wanted to do was sleep, I didn't care about anything else. On Fridays I started to feel better and that continued until the last 2 treatments when it started to take a little longer to start feeling like myself again. I did experience some motion sickness (car) but fresh air cleared it quickly.

      over 6 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Hi! Everyone is different and you might not get sick. Just stay positive, get rest, eat as nutritiously as you can, and follow your doctor's instructions. Don't hesitate to call the doctor if you experience any side effects as the nurses are very helpful. I am hoping you will breeze through treatment and not get sick. Good luck!

      over 6 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Depends...some people have few side effects, others lots!!! Be sure to take all your pre-meds and drink lots and lots of water...

      over 6 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      Hi Chrissy,

      Hopefully you won't experience too much, if any, discomfort. Ask your oncologist for the strongest anti-emetic (anti-nausea meds) you can get. I recommend Kytril, either by itself or paired with Emend. I took the two drugs together when I was on a particularly nasty clinical trial of chemo 8 years ago. Hope this helps. :-)

      Warm regards,
      Johanna McKenna
      19+ year survivor of Grade III Oligoastrocytoma

      over 6 years ago
    • Coolgm's Avatar

      I agree everybody is different. After my first round of chemo I found out I was allergic to the anti-nausea meds. After it was changed I never threw up until my last round and I think I was having separation anxiety. There are many symptoms that people feel. My stomach always felt funny and I found munching on salty snacks helped. Water tasted awful. I researched and found foods that counted as liquids like watermelon, jello, tea, believe it or not soda. I drank a lot of OJ & tangerine juice. Lucky I live in Fl because I had to have fresh squeezed. Lol. I've said this in my other post If you are a reader, visit the library and read read read. Knowledge is Power.

      over 6 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      First of all, not everyone gets the same side effects. Some people breeze through chemo and others, like me, get very sick. But it was about two or three days later when I would get sick feeling, being unable to eat, and would spend time in bed for a few days. It feels like the flu, but lasts longer. Good luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      I never got sick. The 3rd day after I would have a little nausea and would be sooo tired. After a couple days, I would start feeling better and rebound. Your journey thru this will be personal, so its a wait and see. Find out what foods taste good after your first treatment and stock up on them for the next time. Mine was mashed potatoes and watermelon. Take one day at a time, be positive! Hugs!

      over 6 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar

      It depends on the person and what chemo drug you get. I was on AC and Neulasta first. I really didn't get sick, but the side effects kicked in two days later with nausea, fatigue, body aches and bone pain. That didn't subside until right before the next treatment. Loss of taste came about treatment two of four. Then I had Taxol for 12 weeks. Still no taste, little fatigue, some body aches, but not bad. Neuropathy started around week five. My last chemo was November 13th. Taste came back. The neuropathy continues. Your oncologist can give you printouts for the chemo drug you'll be getting. The side effects are listed. If you don't get this from your oncologist, the nurses at the infusion center can probably do the same. Good luck.

      over 6 years ago
    • BCWarrior40's Avatar

      Everyone reacts to their chemo differently and there are many kinds of chemo. You may not get sick, as not everyone does. My best piece of advice for anyone going through chemo is: "Do not suffer in silence". The doctors will send you home with medication for the side effects that most people experience. They count on you to tell them if you are having other side effects. There are many medications to counter the side effects, so ask for help if you need it. Sending love and hugs, Chrissybdyiit!

      over 6 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      You will be given instructions and medication for nausea...follow these instructions to the T! I never got nausea. They told me on the 2nd day after treatment to start the anti nausea meds. I did it even though I didn't feel sick. The key is to stay ahead of it and then it will not happen. Additionally, expect to have good days and bad days as far as fatique and aches, etc. You will see a pattern. Mine was day of treatment I'd rest after, had a hard time sleeping from steroids, then by day 3 I'd get sleepy, so I'd nap. Then day 4-14 I'd have up days and I'd exercise, even Zumba. This actually helped me sleep better and kept fatique in check. Also, lots of fluids, this dries you out and also you need to flush things out. Not sure what chemo you are having but each is a bit different and also we all react differently. But, the one constant is that your onc team is there to help you. They want you to get through this with as much comfort as possible, so rely on them, communicate what you feel and they will get you through it. I can't believe I'm even saying this because I was so scared. But, now a year and half out, I'm telling others you can do it! Bless you, this too shall pass!

      over 6 years ago
    • nanny2lexi's Avatar

      Hi Chrissybdyiit, this is my second time of going through chemo and not one time have I ever got sick. I have been nauseous but have never actually gotten sick. Make sure to ask your doctor for some anti nausea medicine as this will help. Everyone is different with their cancer and treatments and not everyone gets sick. Good luck to you and I hope you do not get sick.

      over 6 years ago
    • grammy's Avatar

      A friend told me to take my anti nausea pills day of infusion and take them for three days. With the anti nausea infusion they give u before each chemo i never did get sick or feel queezy. Also drink water and keep moving. I walked every day and did yoga both if which kept me going. Rest when tired and be good to yourself. You can do this.

      over 6 years ago
    • wasatrucker's Avatar

      There are really good antinausea drugs out there. I would take a compazine if I started to feel queezy. I have only actually thrown up 1 day and I have had 4 different kinds of chemo. One comment I see mentioned Neulasta. That is a shot that one gets to boost white blood cells. It will give you bone pain but what I learned from the ACOR site was to take Claritin D like a day before the shot and for a few days after. Oncologist ok'd it and it worked! Didn't take it completely away but made it so at least I could sleep. Kytril will tend to make you constipated so get some Miralax or stool softener pill.

      over 6 years ago
    • ladyc's Avatar

      You may not get sick at all. I have gone through three treatments and not sick at all... Seems they got the nausea down.. I am getting two types of chemo.... Hopefully you will not get sick.... Good luck.....

      over 6 years ago
    • Nikonian's Avatar

      If by saying, "feel sick", you mean nausea and vomiting, I felt nauseated about two days after my first treatment. I had nausea meds to take at home and did, but one of those caused anxiety and agitation. I discussed all of this with my oncologist before my next treatment; we stopped the one med that gave me problems, and he made some adjustments to my take-home medications.

      After that, I never had another moment of nausea, though I did have bone pain and fatigue. Overall, however, I tolerated chemo pretty well, but not without the help of my doctor. A big part of chemo seems to be managing side effects, which requires awareness of your own discomfort and communicating it to your doctor, so that he or she can do something about it. As I see it, It is their job to ease this process for you as much as they can.

      over 6 years ago
    • MariaM's Avatar

      Everyone is different, and so are the drugs, but I was never nauseated because I took my anti-nausea drugs strictly as instructed. You may well have to deal with constipation caused by the anti-nausea drugs, but once again you need to follow instructions carefully and take stool softeners and eat extra fiber proactively. Since the anti-nausea drugs had to be taken after food, I took them with high-fiber foods.

      over 6 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      Cancer treatment is truly an individual journey, so what I have experienced is not necessarily going to be what you will. In general, I felt the effects about 24 hours after my infusions, and they lasted about a week each cycle. I never did have much nausea, because of the medications I was given...for me, it was mostly fatigue, an odd taste in my mouth, and some lightheadedness from dehydration. The effects were at least somewhat cumulative as I went on, but it never got so bad as to really be debilitating. Thanks to new support medications and techniques, going through chemotherapy now is not, at least for a lot of Warriors, the horror it was 20 years ago.

      There's a great book available out on Amazon called, "Chemo: Secrets to thriving, from someone who's been there" - it provides a lot of information that I think you'll find helpful through this phase of your journey, presented in a very pleasant, lighthearted way. I highly recommend it.


      over 6 years ago
    • lminnema's Avatar

      I had the AC-T treatments and never got sick, not everyone does. Just stay active and eat right. I upped my Vitamin E&D, talk to your Oncologist first and ate lots of meat protein. Stay away from soy protein, not good for BC patents.

      over 6 years ago
    • jojo2's Avatar

      Some of us are not so lucky. I felt nausea by the first night after AC. I also was sick and on meds for all 9 months of my pregnancies. AC was tough to get through, and accumulative. I was barely recovered by the time my 4th dose rolled around and I felt the worst after that 4th dose. But I felt better each week on Taxol. If you are nauseated despite the meds you need to change them.. Emend with Zofran then Compazine and Ativan for breakthrough nausea did not work for me. I ended up on Zofran every 8 hours until treatment was complete and felt much better. I took a generic Claritin daily throughout treatment to help with bone pain from the Neulasta shots and watering eyes, causing a runny nose. There is a new med for diabetic neuropathy called Metanx, that some have used to prevent or minimize neuropathy with good results. Most of my chemo brain was related to the profound nausea, it improved as I felt better. I was able to work evenings but needed lots of sleep. The steroids you get with Taxol cause insomnia and hunger, but you will eventually sleep. I had to drink my fluids right down, as water tasted terrible. Set a minimal amount that you have to get down. If you can't drink enough go in for extra fluids so the chemo will get flushed out. Eat whatever you crave or can stomach. You can get through this, it will end and you will get your life back. Good luck. Jojo

      over 6 years ago
    • Snooks' Avatar

      Not necessarily. I think it all depends on what type of chemo "cocktail" you are given. A more "aggressive" type of treatment (chemo or radiation) can make you sick, but not always. I think it depends on how your body reacts to the chemo. If you do experience sickness, ask your doctor for medication you can take before you eat, which will cut down tremendously just how sick you can get. Good Luck and God Bless

      over 6 years ago
    • avonlea02's Avatar

      I agree with others who say that the anti-nausea meds given are very good! The most I ever got was "queasy" and even that was very rare.

      What I did experience, though, and for me, it got more intense with each dose - was feeling like I had the flu. My worst days tended to be from Day 4-10 this time around (last chemo with one of the same drugs had that feeling from about Day 3-6). But the reality is that it was tolerable. This time around, I worked full time through this chemo. I did have to take from 3-6 days off work to get through those "flu-like" symptoms but, overall, it was manageable.

      I looked at it this way. Cancer is tough. The drugs needed to combat it are going to be very strong. I have been grateful that the chemos I have received have been working.

      My attitude is this: "Chemo, do what you have to do to beat cancer; I can handle it."

      It is also true that some people do not have any problems at all! There are commonalities, but we don't all react the same.

      Best to you, and God bless!


      over 6 years ago
    • Chrissybdyiit's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone for your stories and feelings, I am starting chemo tomorrow and am a little more at ease after reading how some of you coped. I am usually a very strong person but with all the waiting and tests, I was beginning to go crazy, wondering if I would ever get treatment.
      Now that my day is almost here I say BRING IT ON the sooner I start the sooner I finish.
      Then I get my life back.
      Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question and put my mind at ease.
      I will keep everyone posted and let you all know how it affects me, if at all.
      Christine ( Chrissybdyiit )

      over 6 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      Exactly...don't assume you will feel ill. I was plenty scared and had some other side effects..(hair loss, etc) ...but NEVER felt ill ! At all. I know it sounds crazy...but after chemo we would most often stop on the way home for dinner out. (Usually soup and sandwich...my comfort food). And I had 3 dif combos of chemos...last one was every single week for a whole year. and best part is that it worked...clear now for close to 5 years.

      over 6 years ago
    • MelindaLV's Avatar

      Everyone is different, for me cycle 1- got so. nausea after neulesta shot, thought I had a bad cold. It was hard to walk, was achey everywhere, nausea,.tired, fatigue. It lasted for 8 ish days then off an on for close to 3;weeks. Had stomach cramps, aches.oh ya lost my hair. Cycle 2- tired.and slept a lot, nausea, vomiting had lost of appetite. Lost weight, and had stomach aches, cramps and pain. Cycle 3 found my appetite, gain my weight. Now on cycle 4 had it todsy. All I can say is I finished chemo. There were times of moodiness too. Just know side effects are normal and can be controlled. With meds, food, and rest. Talk to your o c they will help you though it. Good luck to ya it goes by fast before you know it chemo is done.

      over 6 years ago
    • lcflight's Avatar

      Every hope you do not get really sick, it is more about, tiredness, not wanting to. I never threw up, nausea was my enemy. Had to have a lot of rest. However like I said everyone is different and I hope it is not too hard for you

      over 6 years ago
    • WVUGirl76's Avatar

      Agree with everyone else. Do not anticipate getting sick. Be prepared for it but it's possible you won't feel sick. Every single person responds to chemo differently. The anti nausea meds they have now really do work wonders. You will learn what "tricks" work best for you. In the case of nausea, always stay on top of it. What I mean by this is for me, I would feel sick for 3 days following chemo so I took my nausea pills consistently following the dosage for those 3 days, then I didn't have to take them until my next chemo. But this will be a learned thing and very dependent on your body. Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and take care of yourself.

      over 6 years ago
    • GAM286's Avatar

      I am on the TC combination. I took Compazine after the first session. I took every 4-6 hours as needed and it really helped me. I took it as a precaution to prevent the nausea. I only had one nausea incident and that was because I had not eaten in about 3 or 4 hours and I was in a store where food was cooking so it made me sick. My doctor has prescribed Compazine for nausea and Dexamethasone steroid the day before my treatment. Try not to tire yourself out. During your infusion tell your nurse if your head starts to hurt or if the site of the IV starts to sting because the drip is going too fast. I have 2 more treatments and I have not felt sick because of the chemo. Be sure and get plenty of rest and relax as much as you can. There are so many anti-nausea medications for you. You will be ok. Good luck and much love.

      over 6 years ago
    • TraceyL3's Avatar

      After just having my 2nd chemo (this past Monday) I feel worse than the first....I am on herceptin, perjeta, carboplatin and taxotere with the shot of neulasta the next day. Day one, i have felt fine, day 2 even energetic days 3-8 after dose one, absolute crap, naseau, cramping, contipation, diahrrea and even some vomiting...weak and useless. Round 2 is worse, i have her2 and estrogen breast cancer, 12 out of 20 nodes tested were positive. I am praying for no raditation but have learned maybe taking the anti naseau pill the day of chemo just may help. I also begin taking dexamethsone the day before and up to the day after chemo. I hate this crap. I work as a waitress, believe me, I have tried to go back.....no luck, the smell of food sickens me. My biggest problem was losing my thick long hair 10 days after treatment one, but will are all surviovors and will overcome this....god bless you al.

      over 6 years ago
    • Teweke's Avatar

      I started chemo last Friday I was feeling good until yesterday felt dizzy and weak. I;m also having lots of pain lower abdominal by the bladder I'm constipated and bleeding when i go restroom

      about 6 years ago
    • aleafinthewind's Avatar

      I had chemo last whensday. was ok till later in the evening. got violently ill all night long. take your nausa meds! Next day still felt awful. Heat runs from your head makes you feel on fire and the ache in the core of your bones make the flu look like a tiny head cold. I dont think i can take anymore. Day 3. I have rubber legs and feel weak. but getting better
      chemo is like taking arsnic. bad stuff

      almost 6 years ago
    • AnnyKay's Avatar

      I had chemo for my lung cancer and I really had no major side effects from it. Some slight fatigue but not enough to stop me from doing things I wanted or needed to do. I did lose my hair but there are great scarves and wigs out there. Just do as your doctor tells you and you should be fine.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Celste51's Avatar

      I had my first chemo treatment on the 13th and wasn't sick until the fourth day. The chemo was 2 hours in hospital infusion, then 48 hours at home. I did have some side effects straight off, cold in fingers. Got mouth sores, very tired, didn't want to eat. Constipation at first, then diarrhea. Everyone is definitely different and my oncologist had told me I would breeze though - ha! My next cycle is Friday and they are going to reduce the dose of one of the 3 drugs that make up my particular cocktail. We are all hoping you 'breeze' through it, but as has been said, make sure you take those anti-nausea meds. Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Celste51's Avatar

      Sorry, I just realized this is a 'breast cancer' question so I probably shouldn't have chimed in as I have 'colon cancer' - I would imagine the chemo is quite different.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ilovedogs' Avatar

      I have liver cancer am going to start chemo pretty soon have to have a port put in first afraid of how I am going to feel after my first treatment j

      9 months ago

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