I had my first chemo treatment for Lung Cancer I have barely had any side effects at all is it normal?

Hi everyone I had my first chemo treatment 2 days ago... I've barely had any side effects at all! Is this normal for the first treatment??

Gina Olsen
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Which drug(s)?

Isabel Bryant
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Alimta and Sisplatin

Gina Olsen 3 years

I had cisplatin with etopicide while also having radiation. From day one through all the chemo which lasted about 5 weeks and the radiation which went on for like 29 week days, I had virtually no side effects. I couldn't stand the smell of gas, (I had trouble swallowing probably from radiation) and I was exhausted. I wouldn't mind having them 24/7 if meant I would be free from any chance of recurrence!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you continue to have very little reaction, but with excellent results!!

Mary Bryson 3 years

Wow, that's so enlightening to hear. Bless your heart for going through sooo many treatments being practically unscathed. Love hearing this. Very uplifting!

Gina Olsen 3 years

Mary you had the same treatment as me ,, can I ask was the treatment successful?

Jodie Roberts 3 years

6 years NED (No Evidence of Disease) so that would be a resounding Hell Yes, thank God & hug every one who prayed, even if only once! I hope that you have even better results! I know it's a stretch, but heck, look at me! Hehe

Mary Bryson 3 years
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It can be cumulative so the first treatment is usually the easiest. Hopefully you stay on an easy trend. Blessings.

Collin Wiseman
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Thank youuu!

Gina Olsen 3 years

Yes, unfortunately, symptoms tend to begin at around 2-4 treatments, but hopefully they will be so subtle you won't even notice! Prayers for you as you continue forward in your journey! ????

Verna Thayer
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Well stay positive, I had very minimal side effects, dit those in pretty heavy doses first 2 years, then every 3 weeks 2 years now on opdivo. I really had very light side effects so stay positive, every body is different, but you could be like me without much!!!!!

Patti Sumner
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Love hearing that! Many blessings.. Thank youuu!

Gina Olsen 3 years

I had no real symptoms until I was down to the last round of three infusions. I too said, are you sure I have cancer? I just didn't feel ill.

Annie Spears 3 years

I did good with my first 2, after that as the drugs kept building in my system things changed. Some don’t have side effects. Enjoy this time.

Marti Sharpe
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I'll keep that in mind. I'm not feeling invincible just yet lol

Gina Olsen 3 years

Mine usually start day 3 or 4. Make sure to take your anti nausea meds!

Ruthann Blackburn
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I most certainly have! Just to prevent it

Gina Olsen 3 years

I am only getting treatment every 3 weeks from now until Jan. Then I begin a clinical research study

Gina Olsen 3 years

Don't forget to stay hydrated, eat what you can and rest when you need to.

Jeff Andrews 3 years

It may take a little while for something to happen depending upon which drugs that you’re on but I would recommend you get your doctor to give you a prescription for nausea and take one every morning when you wake up no matter whether you’re getting treatment or not I’ve had 76 Chemos and the nausea medication definitely helps hopefully yours will not be very serious

Marc Sharpe
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I've been taking them just to prevent nausea just in case. I really think the folic acid and steroids have helped immensely!

Gina Olsen 3 years

I take 1mg of Lorazapan (Atavan) everynight before bed. It helps to relax and has antiemetic properties. I haven't need my prescriibed nausia meds. We all react differently. The chemo I'm on now for maintanence is nothing compared to the heavy duty double chemos I had last year... I'm getting Alimta and this time I get steroids and folic acid too....

Jeff Andrews 3 years

My dad got through his with no side effects other than some mild tingling in his hands and feet which a prescription for pyridoxine resolved. He did take the anti nausea meds anyway, so I can't say whether he would have had nausea had he not taken them, but as others have said it's probably a good idea to take them. Our dr told us every week 'this is the week things will probably get hard', but it never happened. Luck of the draw I guess, we certainly felt blessed. I hope that you continue to feel so well throughout your treatment, and that it is a fabulous success. Xx

Sam Mckenna
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I had the worst side effects during/after my first chemo cycle. Every person responds differently. Cherish every good day you have! Keep it up!

Genevieve Mcgowan
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Prayers for you, dear. Thank you!

Gina Olsen 3 years

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My mom did her first treatment with the same drugs on Monday. And she has had minimal side effects, fatigue, muscle soreness, and little upset stomach but more like indigestion not vomiting.

Krysten Marin
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And she has taken no nausea meds

Krysten Marin 3 years

Good for her!! Not too bad! Prayers!

Gina Olsen 3 years

I had none through the 7 weeks of daily radiation with weekly chemo but then I think was very blessed. Each person’s system handles treatments differently. I had multiple issues when I started the target therapy pill which is SUPPOSED to be gentler on your system. Go figure!!

JoAnn Kramer
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i never had any side affect's either my weight at checking in was 209lbs. After my first treatment was 5 hour's and i left at 216lbs after the chemo and other fluid's.

Jack Chandler
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I did feel like I had eaten a cow lol

Gina Olsen 3 years

i hear ya gina.

Jack Chandler 3 years

have them get you zofran.. Work's great on heartburn.

Jack Chandler
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I had very little side effects to chemo but now that radiation has been added I am having major heartburn!!

Nancy Summers
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I found Radiation was harder than chemo too, especially the exhaustion, which did improve once I finished. I also took Prilosec and an RX called "Magic Mouthwash" ! Good Luck!!

Lisa Navarro 3 years

I was nauseous as hell.

Lisa Herrera
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It is for some

Jewels Sapp
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Yes, I just finished me 4 round chemo and doing find

Mary Hale
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I did 36 Rad and 7 Chemo, no problem until last Chemo

Richard House
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After Chemo 7 I started down hill my # were already down and went lower, ended up in hospital for 3.5 days with bad infection from Chemo, got a big bag of potassium which is not fun it burned going in for over 2 hrs, Red & White could LOW and BS over 260 so after 73 years I’m now also diabetic. I tried too hard to do everything right, should have missed a treatment and made it up when numbers were better

Richard House 3 years

Lucky you. I am pleased. Ron was so sick. I pray the rest goes well for you.

Gloria Hackett
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My wife Sarah Duncan did not have any effects after treatment one, except tiredness.
She was told though it tends to be cumulative

Tanya Perry
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My husband went thru 16 chem treatments and 33 radiations, going through the treatments he did pretty good. After the last radiation it was like a ton of bricks hit him. He was so sick, esophagitis and could not eat. Not sleeping. He is slowly healing and getting better.

Angelic Lara
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No side effects for me, been doing it for 1-1/2.

Carla Berger
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No side effects, except weight gain

Anna Cooke
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I don't have much of an appetite at all but no sickness

Gina Olsen 3 years

I had a lobectomy on Oct 5th and have lost 15 lbs since

Gina Olsen 3 years

I had one too 11/12/2013 and gained 30 pounds since. I attribute it to my lack of physical exercise since, I have a difficult time getting around. I should also mention I had a total knee replacement in 2015

Anna Cooke 3 years

Aww bless your heart I believe exercise is key in our positions.. I've been pretty laid back myself

Gina Olsen 3 years

I hate the weight gain!!!!

Marti Sharpe 3 years

It really depends on which chemo meds you are on, some are much easier to tolerate. Plus, Chemo has a cumulative effect and the side effects may not start right away and also can get worse over time. Hopefully, you'll continued to feel well. When I was on Chemo, the side effects did not hit until the 3rd or 4th day after chemo and then lasted a few days... Then I'd slowly feel better --

Lisa Navarro
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Day 4.. Still not much. Im even cleaning my whole house today

Gina Olsen 3 years

Lucky lady....

Lisa Navarro 3 years

For some. Great for you

Stephanie Harden
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Days 3-6 were hardest for me (carboplatin/alimta)... And unfortunately the fatigue & muscle weakness got worse with each one but you will get through it!!

Jill Massey
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jill, those are the same drugs I’m currently on. And yes the fatigue muscle weakness are terrible.

Marti Sharpe 3 years

Marti Sharpe hang in there!! You've got this!!

Jill Massey 3 years

Jill Massey, absolutely!

Marti Sharpe 3 years