Patient Comments: Chemotherapy - Experiences

What was your experience with chemotherapy?

Comment from: Andy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I am having no side effects from my chemotherapy for bowel cancer. It's been fine, no sickness or running to the toilet. I'm eating a healthy diet with lots of broccoli and smoothies, going for walks, and staying positive.

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Comment from: Catherine, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 31

With the first chemotherapy treatment I had stomach cramps, 2nd I had stomach cramps and diarrhea. On the 3rd visit I had no chemotherapy (blood work/low). Fourth chemotherapy treatment I had some loss of hair, some stomach cramps, and a little diarrhea. Fifth visit I again had no chemo (blood work/low). I am able to go to work each day (auto mechanic) except for treatment day. I am eating healthy; have great appetite.

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Comment from: kamini landge, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 15

My mother has been diagnosed with colon cancer in March. Now her fourth chemotherapy is over but she is suffering with very bad side effects; heavy loose motion and mouth ulcer. She is not taking any food. She is getting much weaker day by day.

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Comment from: Roberta, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had a mastectomy on December 10th with 17 lymph nodes removed. Eight of those were also cancerous. I started my first chemotherapy on January 14 and now have developed the mouth sores, and extreme joint pain plus a sore throat. I was wondering if these symptoms will continue through my future chemotherapy treatments or if they will lessen or go away. The joint pain is really bad and though I'm not nauseous or anything like that, the mouth sores do prevent me from eating very large meals. I'm taking the pain medications given after surgery and also some Ibuprofen.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 09

It has been almost 5 years since I went through chemo treatments. It was a terrible time but I always tried to pick 1 good thing out with all the bad things that were happening. I lost my hair so I save money on shampoo. Nothing tasted good except chocolate, so I ate a lot of it! I spent a lot of my time away from work with my kids, grandchildren and family. I wrote a little book for my grandchildren called �What Happened to Grandma's Hair?� This experience has taught me and my family a lot about living each day and staying positive through it all. When you wake up each day, smile and give someone a hug.

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Comment from: Alac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I have had surgery, double mastectomy. Only one breast dx with cancer but wanted the other for done because of prophylactic reasons. Prior to the cancer dx I had multiple biopsies with out local anesthesia because I 'm allergic. That alone has been so painful. After surgery, immediately I hemorrhaged in the affected breast and had to go back in emergency for additional surgery. Then 1 week later my 3 year old hit me in my chest area unintentionally and I hemorrhaged in the unaffected side. I was left with a painful hematoma that no one wanted to touch and doctors insisted it would absorb on it's own. It has but was painful for a while. Now I am past my 2 chemo treatment with AC. I shaved my head which helped because I could not bear pulling my hair out. I' m losing hair elsewhere now, which is unnerving. I am tired a lot of the time but force myself to go to the gym and do whatever I can to maintain my emotional state and physical state. I can' t help but think positive and fight through all of the side effects chemo has. This soon will pass has been my motto as of lately. Going through this journey is not easy but what God has bestowed on those of us chosen. Be strong, head up and stand tall and walk proud, and appreciate the blessings of everyday life. I know I do now like I never have before.

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