• Excessive Weight Loss

    Asked by Madison25 on Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Excessive Weight Loss

    Stage 4 , NSCLC, 10 months diagnosis....metastatic...chemo and radiation..please give advice on how to gain some of the weight loss. Appetite is good and eating moderately well, but keeps losing weight. Any advice will be deeply appreciated

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You might add some liquid supplements like Ensure or protein shakes in addition to what you are already eating. If you feel you are eating enough to maintain your weight, but you still losing consistently for a long period of time (over a month or two) I would suggest a complete physical exam by your PCP. There could be an underlying medical issue such as hyperthyroidism that is causing the weight loss.

      over 3 years ago
    • INSBOB's Avatar

      Found that V8 with fusion (buy at supermarket) with different flavors, tastes good. helps bulk you up. but i would also check with doc's.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Discuss with your Doctor but they might consider putting you on steroids..This not only reduces an inflamation but you "WILL" gain weight. My Mom was put on steroids and she gained 20 pounds in a short period of time. I was put on steroids and I gained 25 pounds in 6 weeks.

      over 3 years ago
    • EllasDaddy's Avatar

      My wife made me chocolate milk shakes with protein powder every night. I also drank fruit smoothies during the daywith added protein. We bought it at GNC.

      over 3 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      Unfortunately weight loss is not that uncommon with Stage 4 cancers. However it is very fortunate that you still have a good appetitie and are eating moderately well. If you are not doing this already, try breaking your 3 main meals a day into 6 smaller meals with snacks in between. This may add some calories to your daily intake. A snack does not have to occur at snack time. When you are getting up to go to the restroom, the laundry room, to get a drink of water ect...segway through the kitchen and get a tablespoon of peanut butter to eat on your way back, a boiled egg, a scoop of ice cream, a bite of chicken, a couple of teaspoons of yogurt ect... all foods that are high in calories and protein. There is a supplement called Megace that if often given to patient with decreased appetite called Megace to increase their appetite, although that does not sound like your problem. There is also a protein supplement called "WHEY" that you can add to milk or ice cream to increase calories and taste exceptionally good, many atheletes use it to keep the weight up. High protein, calorie foods are the key when trying to keep weight on or to gain weight, I wish you the best and hope you are successful in you weight gain.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      Thank you for sharing your situation. This article may give you a few ideas:



      about 3 years ago

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