• No chemo side-effects so far - am I alone?

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Friday, April 12, 2013

    No chemo side-effects so far - am I alone?

    Everyone I talked to before treatment basically told me to be prepared for my life to suck for a year. I have had a double mastectomy and two chemo treatments so far. Two weeks after surgery I can honestly say my life went back to normal. I just feel a little tired for the day of chemo and the day after. After that my energy is back and I am fine. Just wondering if anyone else has felt perfectly normal and like themselves through treatment. I hope to God this doesn't change. I have one more FEC chemo, 3 Taxoteres and 6 weeks of radiation ahead of me. Thanks!

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      For me the first 3 weeks were a breeze. Then it got bad. There is a cumulative effect. At least there was with my chemo/radiation treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Don't look the "side effects horse" in the mouth, as we would say in the South. Hopefully you will breeze through, I've seen some that do. For me, chemo kicked my butt from hour 1 on day 1. Hope it hangs in there for you on the good side!

      over 3 years ago
    • LonesomeDove's Avatar

      I know my husband felt tired and weak after the treatment, but after resting for a day or two he seemed to get some of his enegry back. I wish the best for you with your treatments. Just don't let other people get you down.

      over 3 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      I take a targeted therapy that can have very serious side effects and while I have experienced some of them, they were never at a level that was debilitating. Some folks taking the medicine I’m on have to stop and switch to something else. It’s sometimes embarrassing to say how little it affected me but on the other hand, it does give some hope it will not be too bad if and when they start.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      It took me about 8 weeks to feel back to normal after my bilateral mastectomy and immediate reconstruction. After 4 weeks I was pretty good, but I still tired very easily and wasn't able to do too much with my arms, shoulders and chest muscles being so sore. I was okay after my first chemo. My second was tolerable but by my third I wanted to quit. After the 5th one, I really thought I might be dying. It was all I could do to take that last round, but I did. I have some lasting effects from the chemo. I think a lot of it has to do with your specific chemo cocktail and how your body reacts. I am kind of a walking side effect so I was not surprised I had the issues I did.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I've had lots of "smaller" side effects (nausea, mouth sores, etc.) but nothing too debilitating. I may be a bit down right after each chemo but then I have at least a week where I feel totally normal in between each session. I've even been working out a little again. It really does affect everyone differently.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Chemo was a breeze..Radiation was a beast.
      An absolute beast. The two given together kicked my butt and 47 pounds off of me.

      All the best

      over 3 years ago
    • MarS676's Avatar

      I agree that chemo seems to get worse with time. I was a textbook case for side effects from ACT. I lost my hair, had horrible mouth sores, was constipated throughout treatment, developed hemorrhoids, had my nails blacken and eventually fall off, was hospitalized for neutropenia, needed a blood transfusion, etc, etc, etc...

      I embraced every single side effect I got because to me it meant that the cancer was being attacked. I've also heard about many people who made it through chemo with little or no side effects so I guess everyone is different. I hope your chemo journey is a smooth one.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      I can only speak from my own experience which in the grand scheme of things wasn't terrible BUT.......compared to chemo, my partial mastectomy and 6 1/2 weeks of radiation were a piece of cake. We all seem to agree that ones' response to each aspect of our treatment is very individualized. I hope for you that you continue without any significant side effects. If you do get them, be sure and ask for help/support/shared experience from your providers and all of us on this site who are traveling this journey with you.

      over 3 years ago

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