• What does it feel after the first dose of chemo?

    Asked by Honduranlady on Monday, September 24, 2012

    What does it feel after the first dose of chemo?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      It can be different for each person, and with different chemicals. In my dad's experience, any side effects really didn't start until the third day, with the most common one as fatigue--- tired all the time. Many people experience nausea-- feeling like you are going to throw up. Dad didn't have much of that. Here is a good little booklet on chemotherapy from the National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemotherapy-and-you/page1 and some information from the American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/TreatmentTypes/Chemotherapy/index

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I don't know what your first dose was. For me it was adriamycin and cytoxin. Because of the steroids, I was zooming the first night after treatment. The afternoon of the treatment, I felt fine! After sitting in the infusion chair for so long, I was ready to shop and go out to dinner (I live in a very rural area 1 1/2 hours from my treatment center), and drive the long drive home. That was Wednesday. On Friday, I would get my Neulasta shot and begin to feel a little crummy. Saturday and Sunday I was down for the count and slept or listened to meditation tapes for a good portion of the time. By Monday, I was feeling quite a bit better and was back at work! I would feel fine for the next week and a half until it was time to do it all over again. Taking the anti-nausea meds, hydration, keeping busy, and following everything your oncologist tells you to do really helps in getting through chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      I took steroids the day before, the day of and the day after chemo. The steroids kind of mask the side effects. I wore a scopalamine patch for nausea and I never got sick. My experience was similar to Lynn1950's - zooming for the first night and then feeling crummy after the Neulasta shot. I compare chemo to having the flu (but without the fever). Achy muscles and joints and just tired.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My first rounds of chemo were hard on me. I got sick before I even got home. Stayed sick for 4 hours, then slept for the better part of 2 days. This was 24 years ago, and the meds have gotten much better now to keep you from getting so sick. The second type of chemo I got was much easier. I didn't get as sick, but felt so jumpy and jittery I thought I was going nuts. Everyone seems to take it differently, I hope it's great for you and not sucky.

      over 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      For me the first chemo was the easiest....but I think that how you react to the chemo depends on the chemo regimine, and you in general.....I struggled with nausea, heartburn, fatigue.....I had TAC chemo (every 3 weeks, 6 doses in all). i took all the pre-chemo meds that were Rx and several anti-nausea drugs....came home and went to bed after chemo...went for IV hydration for 2 or 3 days after chemo.....I had chemo on Thursday and generally went back to work on Monday....Usually a week after chemo, I was feeling decent......All the best to you as you go through this journey.....

      over 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I just had my first chemo (TCH) on Tuesday last week and it wasn't that bad. I also received steroids, which made me a bit hyper on Wed, tired Th, Fri, a bit better Sa & Su and GREAT today--just in time to take my second dose tomorrow, ironically! But no vomiting, no muscle aches, a little nausea that went away quickly when I took the anti-naus pills they gave me. But I'm a newbie to this...ask me again after my 18th week of this! What chemo will you be taking?

      over 8 years ago
    • briddell's Avatar

      Hi I had adriamycin and cytoxin. I felt great until day 4 after the treatment. My mistake not drinking enough water. I felt deflated, weak, wanted to sleep, I didnt get sick but was very dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty , even if you dont want to, it makes a huge difference. Make sure you take your anti nausea meds faithfully...and drink drink drink! You can do this!

      over 8 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar

      I wish I knew. I have been told my chemo will start next week. I have no idea what it will be like but I sure wish I did.

      over 8 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I started out on Taxol. I was given zofran for nausea and steriods for reactions. I felt great the evening of and the next day. on the 3rd day I felt crummy and the 5th day. After that I was fine. I never did get sick like you always hear. I know some people still do.
      Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • silverado2000's Avatar

      I was scared to death for the first treatment.....had a sister go with me, 2 hour drive to get the treatment. I was given a cocktail of meds (pill form and through IV) the nurse saved some of the Ativan for up into the treatment. I did ok for the first bit of sitting there, then got fidgitty. The nurse administered the rest of the ativan....I fell asleep and slept through the rest of the treatment. I drove back home, knowing that if I needed sister to drive she could and would. After this, I went by myself for the next 5 treatments. I was worn down some, however, I have small children in the home (1 1/2 and 6 yrs @ the time this started) My treatments were set up to be 1 a month for 6 months. I am experiencing more "side effect" now I think than when going through the treaments.
      I think it is different for each person. I also think it depends on each individual person. I did find that drinking tea helped with the sick stomach. I also ate a lot of fresh fruits.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Day 1 I had no issues. I can remember saying "bring on day two". Wish I never said that!!! Over the course of 12 weeks, I received chemo 5 days (Etoposide & Cisplatin) and then got two weeks off. By the 5th day, boy...I was pretty sick. The weekends were horrible. But everyone is different. You may have no real side effects at all. The worst part for me was the nausea. Good luck with your treatments. I wish you all the best.

      over 8 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      HI, My first does of chemo was not so bad. I am on Taxotere and Cytoxin which I get every three weeks. I get steriods only the day of chemo and anti-nausea IV. Was not nausea and did have trouble sleeping but it was more of staying asleep than not being able to go to sleep. I got the Neulasta shot the day after chemo and that is what made me feel bad. It kicked in on the following day and had really bad bone and muscle pain. However I did not miss any work. I started feeling really good on the following Friday. I get my second dose this Thursday and I understand that chemo is cumulative so I may feel worse, I guess I will have to wait and see. I did lose my hair on day 15 which is when everyone told me I would. So good luck to you and hopefully everything will go well for you.

      over 8 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I had six treatments of Taxotere and Cytoxan. After the first one I remember thinking, "This won't be so bad after all." The anti-nasuea drugs kept that at bay and I didn't feel tired or achy until a few days later. The side effects and the toll on my body seemed to increase after each treatment, but for the most part, there were remedies for the side effects I experienced (mouth sores, allergic reaction, and the steroids ruined my sleep pattern). The best part of infusion day was talking to other women like me and they shared all kinds of helpful info. The chemo nurses were top-notch, too; ask them anything--they are very willing to help. Good luck as you get through this time.

      over 8 years ago
    • Nellie's Avatar

      My first chemo treatment went pretty good. Had chemo on Wednesday and by Friday afternoon I started experiencing the "hairy tongue" and tired. On saturday it was like having the flu, mild nausea I only took anti nausea med once, by monday i was good except for my taste buds. The second round (Taxotere and cytoxan every 3 weeks) wasn't so good. I had a headache from friday to sunday morning !!!! I had more nausea so I took anti nausea pill. Dont know if headache was from cytoxan or zofran or high blood sugar from steroids. Today is day 6 after chemo and taste buds are awful. Second round different from first round. One of the things I notice is I'm tired, but cant fall asleep !!!! So I take a benadryl to help me sleep. Good luck on your journey. You will do fine !!!!

      over 8 years ago
    • mysecondchance's Avatar

      The infusion went well considering I didn't know what to expect. The next day I felt fine. The next day I began having pain in my abdomen. It escalated throughout the day and I was finally instructed to go to the ER. I had all kinds of tests including yet another cat scan. I was given morphine three times and it didn't help the pain. The doctor on duty said the pain could be caused by many things including the cancer growing (just what I wanted to hear). She also said it could be the chemo working on the cancer. She finally determined that I had a bladder infection. I have never had one before or since and don't believe that is what it was.

      Of course in the next few days I ended up with all the usual side effects of chemo but never had that pain again. So I really do believe it was the chemo "introducing" itself to the cancer and cancer was not too happy.

      over 8 years ago
    • candy's Avatar

      My first treatment was such a horrible experience for me. The nausea and anxiety were definitely present after the first day. I remember calling my daughter the day after treatment and told him that I thought I was having an allergic reaction to the chemo and he chuckled and said "allergic to poison." He told me what I was experiencing was more anxiety than anything and that I should take Xanax. Xanax will be your best friend when start having that ancy feeling so don't be afraid to take it and you will not get addicted to it. After my first treatment the others went ok, I knew what to expect. Good luck

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      It can be different for every person, but I will tell you how I felt; my cousin asked how it felt because she wanted to "share the experience" with me, I told her it felt like a very bad hangover, except throwing up doesn't make you feel better like it does with a hangover; and you didn't have fun the night before. ;)

      over 8 years ago
    • Laugh's Avatar

      Laugh answered. I was 59 when I was diagnosed. Because I had small breasts the surgeon decided to give me a very potent chemo, "the red one". And yes, it made me sooo very tired and yes, I was unpredictably sick, often it came suddenly. The tumor was the size of a walnut, second stage infiltrating carcinoma and the mission of the doctor was to minimize cutting away most of my breast.
      A year earlier I had been interviewed at home for the small business I had as first generation Armenian American, I read coffee grounds and that day I read the reporters cup as well and a photographer snapped my picture while reading her cup.

      Fast forward to a year later, the article was published and in color and the phone didn't stop ringing. and 2 weeks before my second visit to the oncologist, the joy of witnessing each person hear of their silent wish materialize through each reading then brought such delight in me so when I went for my second dose (my home exam of the tumor showed it had shrunk to the size of a pea. But I noticed my oncologist didn't even attempt to examine it, until I told her what I discovered: And yes, she concurred.

      What I've learned since then is so vital to all of us and our complete overall well being. For me, the joy of looking forward to doing what I love, till today, is a testimony to all, to do the same. And of course, laughter always fills the room.

      over 8 years ago
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    • greenis' Avatar

      Well had my first treatment yesterday, it was cytoxan, docetaxel, adriamycin, and it went well. They also gave me benadryl drip too. When I left the facility I felt good, went to eat and then home. By the time I got home I was beat and slept the rest of the night until I got up at 8am. So we will see what comes next.

      over 7 years ago
    • annamariemc's Avatar

      Had first chemo of ACT felt bad first day good second day but then got neuselta injection felt really bad.had diarreha and bad flu.any one else experience tis .will my next chemo b easier

      about 7 years ago

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