• what is long term affect of chemotherapy?

    Asked by jacquanne on Sunday, January 27, 2013

    what is long term affect of chemotherapy?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      There is no universal answer to your question. Some people have long term side effects from chemo, others do not. And those that do may have wide range of varying side effects.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Depends on the person, depends on the chemo...many people have no long term affects...

      almost 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I agree with nancyjac and karen -- everyone is different. However, a positive attitude can give you strength to prevent any side effects from lessening your quality of life.
      The one "Effect" we all want from Chemotherapy is the eradication of every last little elusive cell of our evil enemy -- if we get that, then the other side effects are well worth it!!!!!!!!!

      almost 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I hope the long-term effect is that it killed off every last cell of my triple negative cancer. Some of the negative side effects can last months and maybe even years. It took about three months for me to feel "normal" after chemo. The longest lasting side effect has been my finger and toenails which discolored and lifted from the nail beds. Several toenails fell off. Nine months after my last treatment, I can go without nail polish and my fingernails look fine again. Please remember we are all affected differently. I hope your negative side effects pass quickly. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Just as there is not just one type of cancer, there is not one standard long term affect of chemo.

      However, I would add that one possible universal long term effect is our acquiring a deeper degree of compassion and caring for others who are suffering from side effects of chemo, or suffering from the pain of surgical treatment of from upsetting or disturbing emotional responses. There can never be enough kindness in the world, and if this teaches us to be kinder, so be it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      On a good note. One of the side affects of chemo Iv'e had is my stomach problems. I used to not be able to eat some foods because of my stomach. After taking chemo I can now eat foods that I couldn't before like brocoli.. I don't know if it's going to last but I'm hoping.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I am about a year out, the neuropathy is permanent for me, some things that happened with my damaged immune system may be manageable, lost teeth, toenail fungus, skin disorder that runs in my family but did not hit me till radiation polished off whatever was left of my immune system. Talk to your care team, know how to protect yourself from some of these possible nasties. Did I mention the 40 lb weight gain, that is slowly backing down. I was told not to worry, friends say I may need that weight further along the journey. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      With me I notice my stomach can't take rich foods, I need to be on an anti acid most of the time ( had mild stomach issues before chemo, but nothing like this). Chemo pushed me into menopause which is permanent. But I guess it's not a lingering effect...
      The chemo I had can cause leukemia, talk about an unwanted effect..hope that doesn't visit me.
      Other things I've read - neuropathy can linger for a while, it can be difficult for some to grow hair (years). I also understand chemo brain can linger as well (I'm blaming some of my ugh moments on that). I believe exercise can help,with the chemo,brain and neuropathy.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I suppose it is different for everybody, I am nearly 3 years from my last treatment, and now I know what they meant when they talked about a "new normal" I tire more easily than I used to, and my muscles still get sore if I do something really active, or something I haven't done in awhile. In fact, I pulled a muscle the other day because I took my daughter sledding! But it is a small price to pay because I couldn't do any of that while I was in treatment.

      over 3 years ago

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