• Any ideas for weight gain?

    Asked by JannD on Friday, February 8, 2013

    Any ideas for weight gain?

    My husband, Jack, has been fighting stage 4 prostate for 21 months. He has been through 5 diferent drugs. Many disappointing backward steps. This newest drug, seems to be helping, but it has taken away his appetite and he lost weight for the first time . We would like ideas to regain the weight. He will be meeting with an RN cancer nutritionist next week. Thanks

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Jann, What you are doinf meeting with the nutritionist is the right thing to do. I know that appitite can go away with some drugs and I have lost weight too. I have always found it a little weird when my Oncologist whats me to gain weight. The nutritionist can help you find the right kinds of foods and help you learn how much he should be eating. If he has a break from chemo you might want to consder taking a cruise. aMy wife and I did that on a chemo break a few years back and I gained weight with all of the food available and my Oncologist loved it. I tried to get him to perscribe cruises several times since then, when I needed to gain weight but he just tells me that it won't work the insurance company will not pay for it. Still it is a great vacation and easy to gain weight. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar

      I agree that the nutritionist is important, but when appetite goes you just have to eat and drink things you like. Get a smile on your face and see that you get treats a lot.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Can he take a steroid like prednisone? It made me super ravenous. He could also try eating high fatty foods, like ice cream (that's what I ate during chemo, and was unfortunately the reason why I didn't lose weight). I've heard recommendations of ensure and nutritional drinks like that, but my belief is that this has the opposite effect, as in the drinks are filling and nutritious and the person drinking them doesn't want anything else (good for diet though). Hope you find a good solution.

      over 4 years ago
    • tspoon's Avatar

      You may want to talk about medication for just that purpose. It works, my hubby took it for a short period and was able to eat again without it. It made him ravenous.

      over 4 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      Thank you for sharing your experience. Your question helped inspire a blog article we posted recently about how to get back to healthy weight after cancer treatment.


      Perhaps you will find it helpful. It shares insights from WhatNexters on simple things they have done to gain weight back.


      about 4 years ago

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