What Does Chemotherapy Feel Like?

Appetite changes, nausea or vomiting.

Chemotherapy can make you feel sick (nauseated) or cause you to vomit.

Not everyone feels sick during or after chemotherapy, but if nausea affects you, it will usually start a few hours after treatment.

Nausea may last for many hours and be accompanied by vomiting or retching.

Is chemotherapy painful?

Some chemotherapy drugs can cause painful side effects, such as aching in the muscles and joints, headaches and stomach pains. Pain may be felt as burning, numbness, tingling or shooting pains in the hands and feet (called peripheral nerve damage).

How do you feel after first chemo treatment?

The day after your first treatment you may feel tired or very fatigued. Plan on resting, as this gives your body the chance to respond to the chemotherapy, and begin the recovery cycle. Remember that chemo affects every cell in your body. Stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water or juice.

How many days after chemo do you feel better?

Acute nausea and vomiting usually happens a few minutes to hours after chemo is given. It goes away within the first 24 hours. The worst of this acute vomiting most often happens about 5 or 6 hours after chemo. Delayed nausea and vomiting starts more than 24 hours after chemo and up to 5 to 7 days after treatment.

Do the side effects of chemo get worse with each treatment?

Q: Do chemo side effects get worse with each treatment? A: Some people undergoing chemotherapy report that they feel more fatigue the further along they get in their regimen. Nerve damage can occur with chemotherapy, and this may get worse with each dose. Sometimes, treatment has to be stopped because of this.

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Do you always lose your hair with chemo?

Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Fortunately, most of the time hair loss from chemotherapy is temporary. You can expect to regrow your hair three to six months after your treatment ends, though your hair may temporarily be a different shade or texture.

Can you drive while having chemotherapy?

Have a friend or family member drive you to your first treatment. Most people can drive themselves to and from chemotherapy sessions. But the first time you may find that the medications make you sleepy or cause other side effects that make driving difficult.

Can you be alone after chemo?

There are all different kinds of chemo mixes, & for every chemo cocktail, there are all different reactions to it. I’m begging you, don’t go through chemo alone. It doesn’t matter if you have to have your snotty cousin move in or check on you every few hours. Just do it.

Can you eat ice cream during chemo?

Eat high calorie foods: milkshakes, ice cream, sauces, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Ensure, and Boost. Stay away from fatty, fried, and greasy foods. Your appetite will come back in 2-6 weeks after your chemotherapy is over.

How long does a chemo session take?

How long will each session of my chemotherapy treatment take? Chemotherapy treatment varies in length and frequency and depends on the individual treatment plan prescribed by your doctor. Some last as long as three or four hours, while others may only take a half-hour.