We all hear the nightmare stories about chemotherapy. And even though treatments to control symptoms have advanced tremendously in recent years, it is still one of the most dreaded parts of treatment. What was the worst part about chemotherapy for you? Was it one of the side effects of chemotherapy
such as fatigue? Is there someone or something that helped you during that time (other than medications
)? Please share your story. Share Your Thoughts
Side effect unbearable
- July 2011 my reports showed clear results of hodgkins lymphoma. I was adviced six cycles of ABVD chemotherapy sessions. As we all are aware of the common side effects but to me it was much of painful side effects due to vein inflammation. At one time i almost decided to stop the treatment due to it. My hands used to swell after each session and sometimes for a week even. Secondly the other problem was mental stability. It is the most important aspect. You need to be patient and positive. Spend time with family and friends. Avoid being lonely it will make things worse. Editor's note: I'm so thrilled you are clear of cancer! Yes, vein inflammation can be very painful, and is unfortunately all too common given the caustic nature of some chemotherapy medications. Thank you for sharing about mental stability. This is very helpful for loved ones to understand during chemotherapy. We need our loved ones to show patience and be positive more than ever when chemotherapy affects not just our physical being, but our mental being as well.
- —Guest Denis Burh
death by chemo
- The worst part about chemotherapy for me is that it killed my husband before the cancer could. he died in spite of the tumor[lung cancer]responding to "treatment" Editor's note: I am so sorry to hear this. We do know that chemotherapy can be very toxic and has many side effects. Oh, to have treatments that were less toxic. That is my hope for the future, and I am sad that such treatments were not available to your husband. I'll keep on raising awareness and pushing for funding with your husband in my thoughts.
- —Guest death by chemo