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. about 1 month ago
    Melaniemore's Avatar

    Weight gain

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    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 ...
    9 months ago
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    Weight gain

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    Gained steadily about 80 lbs through treatment.

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  2. 10 months ago
    naturalfish's Avatar

    Weight gain

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    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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  3. 11 months ago
    Debbea123's Avatar

    Weight gain

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

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  4. 12 months ago
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    Weight gain

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    hello, i finished active treatment 4 months ago, and I've gained 20 pounds since, which is causing depression, I dont want anybody t...

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    • LKCraig67
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrati...
    about 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

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    Each time I went in the nurses marveled that my one or 2 pound weight gain. I guess they see a lot of people lose too much weight wh...

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  5. over 1 year ago
    sylvia1963's Avatar

    Weight gain

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    40 pounds after diagnosed and I believe that drugs for depression, anxiety helped to gain weight

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    • JaymieLou
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma...
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

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    Gained weight due to Steroids

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    • AStreib
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

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    Not sure if its the steroid, or the week of pess activity, or just going from 4-5 days of work out and active life to not.

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    • LisaCast
    • Experience with Nodular sclerosing
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

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    I gained a lot of weight during chemo. I wasn't hungry for a lot and my taste changed but when i wanted something it was very inheal...

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    • Mprude20
    • Experience with Nodular sclerosing
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight gain

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    160-180! argggg!

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  6. almost 2 years ago
    2ndChance's Avatar

    Weight gain

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    I have continued to gain weight after treatments with all the different medications and due to having chronic pain from the neuropat...

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