Experiences with Weight Loss

The main factors of weight loss in cancer patients is loss of appetite, nausea, cytokines (chemicals that affect appetite), stress, cancer tumors that press on your digestive tract, or surgeries that affect your throat. Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy such as diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, taste changes, and mouth sores can also be factors in weight loss. You might feel like you can afford to lose a few pounds, but losing an unhealthy amount of weight during cancer treatment can be dangerous to your health. Patients also experience weight gain during treatment and have a hard time losing the weight after treatment.

Seeking help from a dietitian or nutrition specialist can help with weight changes during treatment. There are also practical ways to work to maintain a healthy weight. WhatNexters that have worked diligently to change their diet suggest eating soft and smooth foods like casseroles, pasta, soup, smoothies, peanut butter, protein shakes, and yogurt. They also suggest eating foods with fiber, exercising regularly, eating less processed foods, cutting out sugar, adding fruits and vegetables, finding foods you can force yourself to eat even when you lose your appetite, and to pay attention to your weight so you can report any drastic changes to your doctor. It is important to work with your caregiver and doctor to identify what works for you.

If you are looking for practical solutions for weight loss, look below for personal stories, experiences, and insights from people that have experienced weight changes during treatment.

    • Bolduc44
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Color...
    16 days ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    numbness/tingling, fatigue, abd. pain, nausea, diarrhea

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    • Selenek
    • Experience with Anal Cancer
    8 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Nausea, chemo brain, fatigue, hair loss, anal stenosis & scar tissue which continues to cause chronic pain 1 year after treatment, m...

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  1. 8 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    After mastectomy and during A/C treatment i lost 12 pounds. Now on Taxol I've gained back 2 pounds!

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  2. 9 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    She is 69 pounds now. She is wasting away from us.

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  3. almost 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Just finished radiation 3 treatments early due to getting an infection on the scar from BXM. Had to have emergency surgery a week ag...

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    • Bandmom804
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cel...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    I lost about 20 pounds.

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    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Unable to et ue to tumor blocking and causing pain, and no appetite and nausea I rent from 103 5ft 4 ( yes I was already thin) to mi...

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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    over 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Couldn't eat food provided by hospital, lost 30 lbs and weighed 90 lbs (5'5" female) at time of discharge.

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    • Colours
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 2 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    v low sodium levels

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    • Theaggal
    • Experience with Hepatoblastoma, Liver...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    No other side effects

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    • PickyNikki
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic L...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Due to eating and stress difficulties, multiple pounds lost.

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    • laurenlinn
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat ...
    almost 3 years ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Originally around 120 lbs. at 5'8", I have always been slender, but this is ridiculous. I've dropped to 80-85 lbs., which is very c...

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