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.

    • Tgrosso
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    about 1 month 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...
    3 months 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
    6 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    v low sodium levels

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    • Theaggal
    • Experience with Hepatoblastoma, Liver...
    9 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    No other side effects

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    • PickyNikki
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic L...
    10 months 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 ...
    10 months 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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    • Wazhyfee
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) Ca...
    11 months ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Doc says he can't lose any more weight. He's already lost too much. With that in mind now he eats because he needs to, not because h...

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    • rickmoller
    • Experience with Invasive, Squamous ...
    about 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    weight loss due toolong recovery from neck dissection due to muscle and nerve damage

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    • pattycake
    • Experience with Nodular sclerosing
    about 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Had chemo every 2 weeks for 6 months. Since my resistance was down, I was very careful to keep my suroundings as germ free as I cou...

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    • Beanycat
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    lost half my hair, mouth dryness.

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    • Blue_Sky
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    Due to nausea and vomiting I lost 20 pounds. However, after about 4 months after treatment the pounds started to return to me.

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Weight loss

    Side Effects

    He has had very few if any side effects.

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