• Biggest concern with my brother right now is his loss of appetite. He has lost 50 pounds the last year, going from 230 l

    Asked by tmatang on Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Biggest concern with my brother right now is his loss of appetite. He has lost 50 pounds the last year, going from 230 l

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Weight loss is a big concern when going through treatment. When you lose your appetite it is really hard to eat well. When I am on treatment, what tastes good to me changes quickly. One time I had a friend who wanted to get me groceries. I couldn't come up with anything I wanted so he dragged me to the store with him. While I was there, several things looked good to me but by the time we got home, I wasn't interested.
      I have found that if I have a craving, just go for it and don't wait. I didn't buy a lot of any one item because my tastes changed so much. I did try to eat a peanut butter sandwich every day. I also didn't worry about the usual healthy foods I ate and got full calorie options.
      There was recently a blog post on this site for tips on eating during treatment made by members on this site. Check it out for more ideas. And now that I am off treatment for a while, I gained all my weight back and then some!

      almost 5 years ago
    • pennieannie's Avatar

      He may have to be put on TPN during this time to help him maintain his weight. He can still eat by mouth as well. My son had to have this done and my brother also.

      almost 5 years ago
    • gdytko's Avatar

      With esophageal cancer, I went quickly from 185 down to 140. I had to force myself to eat anything, and having nausea didn't help. I bought a juicer and juiced fruits and vegetables and ate oat meal a lot. Even after the surgery, I had a feeding tube, my appetite was non existent. It took a few months for me to finally start some weight coming back. Watch his blood pressure, I was on blood pressure pills and well not any more. I lost the high B.P. and lowered my trigliserides, when I lost that extra weight.

      almost 5 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      Weight gain shakes (Ensure, Scandishakes, Muscle Milk) add calories. You can use the shake mix in a smoothie with whatever he'll tolerate, fruit, peanut butter, cocoa, even green veggies. It all adds calories and nutrition, but the shake is easier to eat and digest. As gdytko also said, juicing is good, too, and even easier to get it down while keeping up the nutrition.

      almost 5 years ago
    • wennis' Avatar

      I use the nutritional shake ensure plus 350 cal. I put it in my cream of wheat and add butter (100 cal per tbs). All this is hard to eat if you have not appetite. Build up your appetite (may have to force a little), I did it at 3oz of food throughout the day. Also, if you are nauseaus, there's good meds for that, and that helped me get over the smell & tastes of foods. That was the beginning (3 mos ago), for me. I am now eating full meals & some in-between snacks. I look at everything that has calories or protein. Need that muscle mass so you don't feel so weak.

      almost 5 years ago

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