Experiences with Weight gain

Along with weight loss, weight gain is very common while going through cancer treatment. The main factors of weight gain in cancer patients are fatigue resulting in less physical activity, nausea resulting in constantly having to have something in your stomach, stress eating, intense food cravings, hormone changes, medications that cause you to feel hungry, and over-eating for fear of losing weight. Anti-androgen therapy can cause weight gain in men; similarly, adjuvant chemotherapy or early onset of menopause can cause weight gain in women. Gaining weight during cancer treatment can be frustrating for body image and for overall health. Weight gain can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even other cancers. Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy weight and healthy diet as best you can during cancer treatment.

WhatNexter’s that have experienced weight gain during cancer treatment are surprised and wonder, ‘Why do some people gain weight after cancer treatment?’. Most report that the weight gain is due to fatigue and not having enough energy to exercise. It is important to find ways of exercise that work for you during and after treatment. You can also read about what diet changes other cancer patient’s have made that have helped them. It is also important to be proactive about your weight, try to accomplish daily physical activity, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, eat lean proteins, and stay hydrated. Think about keeping a food and activity journal to keep track of the effects of things you have eaten. For more ideas, look below and read more firsthand insights.

  1. 20 days ago
    grandmaann's Avatar

    Weight gain

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    I have gained 15 pounds and this is not OK! Hopefully when I am done with Chemo I will be able to pay more attention to eating healt...

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    • Mary1313
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    4 months ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Weight gain (20 lbs in 2 yrs). Trying to continue my normal workouts. Joint pain.

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    • deburr
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    7 months ago
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    Weight gain

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    I have gained 70 lbs since I found out about my cancer.

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    • LCWolf
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    I gained around 40 pounds while taking Anastrozole. I am a very health conscience eater. I do not comsume any sugars or processed fo...

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    • Cevans
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colorec...
    9 months ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Multiple side effects of various severity

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    • Meghan32
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    about 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    I have gained 10lbs in 1 month from treatment I think it's the steroids

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  2. over 1 year ago
    Franniemac123's Avatar

    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Steroids

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    • NMFELINE
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    CONSTIPATION WITH DIARRHEA, LOSS OF ENERGY, BLOODY NOSE, HEARTBURN

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  3. over 1 year ago
    Melaniemore's Avatar

    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Since I have started taking Taxol, I am given steroids along with it. I hate the steroids...they keep me from sleeping and make me ...

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    • Ruthieq99
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast ...
    about 2 years ago
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    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Gained steadily about 80 lbs through treatment.

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  4. over 2 years ago
    naturalfish's Avatar

    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Gained 40 lbs after using Femera for 10 months. I can't seem to lose it even after being of it for 7 months.

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  5. over 2 years ago
    Debbea123's Avatar

    Weight gain

    Side Effects

    Taxol and its troopers added the pounds. Now letrozole is putting it on.

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