• Have you had weight issues after your diagnosis? I know it's either the steroids putting it on, or the chemo taking it off.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Have you had weight issues after your diagnosis? I know it's either the steroids putting it on, or the chemo taking it off.

    If you have had trouble, what kind of changes did you make to get to and maintain a healthy weight? Do you have any practical tips on how others can get to their healthy weight?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      I thought from everything I heard that I would loose weight. I have gained 4lbs! Not awful.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      Did I have weight changes! First I lost 20lbs through the diagnosis and treatments, then I gained it back plus 10 lbs. because of the steroids and the fact I didn't exercise, so I joined weight watchers almost a year after my last treatment. I wanted to give my body a chance to recover. So I lost 40 lbs.!
      My advice would be to give your body a break while you are going through treatment, Eat healthy because you will feel better, but some of us can only get certain things down!
      Worry about the weight when you are feeling better.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I agree with Heidi--don't worry about the weight during treatment. I gained 10 lbs from the steroids, but was fat to begin with. Now I'm down 25 lbs, mostly due to exercise 5x a week at least l hour each time and eating more healthfully--no processed foods--mostly fruits, veggies and fish or chicken. (AND NO COOKIES!) I feel a lot better at this weight and can't imagine what I'll feel like when I'm 50 lbs lighter! Cancer is an "itch-b" but it has spurred me to take on this new lifestyle, and that's a positive thing!

      over 3 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      In my case I have lost 11 kilos in only 02 months an a half which kept me with 45 kg for 1,70 meters.......because of mucositis I could not eat at all and even water was very difficult to drink. I was hospitalized twice and finally changes my chemo protocol.......in order to be able to eat during the worst phase, doctors gave me analgesics (similar to those used by dentists) so I could not feel my mouth and them I could eat liquid foofd, nothing too hot, so I used to eat processed soop of pasta and cheese and any other caloric foof to gain weight such as milkshakes and others.....Baby food also played an important hole in this recovery process. Some people told me about cannabis but I have not taken it because it is not allowed in my country, so I am not sure if it helps or not.....as soon as I got better, I came back to my routine of eating every 02 or three hours, caloric and the most healthy possible foods.....make some exercises such as walking my dogs and yoga helped because they used to make me hungry so I used to eat more......till now I have recover 05 kilos during almost 05 months which I guess is good because I am still on chemo......hope that helps...God bless you

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      After surgery and my first week of chemo/rad treatment I lost 25lbs over a period of 5 weeks. My medical care team wasn't too happy with me losing almost 10lbs in a week after my first treatment. I tried to eat more and was able to gain back some weight. If you don't eat you will lose weight and that's not good because your body needs to be fed to stay strong. Fortunately I have been able to maintain my weight. It still always fluctuates by 5 lbs or so, especially the week right after chemo. Just try to eat things that will benefit your body even if it's just a little per day. Use those anti nausea drugs as prescribed because it's hard to want to eat anything if you are nauseous and dry heaving. I read from someone here on Whatnext to think of food as medicine. We are so used to thinking of food as something that needs to be enjoyed.....but unfortunately, going through treatment, the joy of eating is sometimes nowhere to be found. So for some days eating will be as enjoyable as drinking some nasty tasting medication but there will be good days when you have a good appetite, not nauseous, taste buds aren't all wacky and you will enjoy a yummy good meal. :) Keep fighting on everyone! :)

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I've had weight issues before, during and after chemo. While on chemo I lost close to 50 pounds. Once I completed chemo, I put it back on plus some. Since joining the Livestrong Group at the Y, I'm down about 50 pounds and feel FANTASTIC!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Boy, do I!! I lost 20 lbs last year pretty easily and thought it was because I changed my diet slightly. Turns out that's one of the symptoms of my lymphoma (that weight came off a lot easier than I expected it to). I've gained about 15-20 lbs since starting chemo in January. That may not seem like too much but I was already overweight to start with.

      Now your second question is more difficult. Half the time I say I want to be happy and eating this right now will make me happy and I shouldn't have to worry about my weight while still on chemo. The other half I say losing weight will make me happy so I shouldn't eat that. This has pretty much been a struggle for me my whole life.

      Anyway my oncologist and pulmonologist both want me to lose weight (as do I, of course). I'm joining the gym tomorrow and debating doing this group "personal" training weight loss program (debating because it's expensive!) or just trying to start working out by myself. I'm extremely out of shape!

      over 3 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      I gained weight after my surgery and it keeps going up no matter what I try because of the medications and the fact that the doctors have now figured out my thyroid isn't functioning properly. Hopefully now that summer is here and I'm in the pool swimming laps, the weight will start to come off so my cardiologist will stop yelling at me about my weight. Plus I have switched the fruit I eat from watermelon to fresh berries. I thought eating fruit was good for you but it turns out I was getting too much natural sugar with the watermelon. As long as I can still have my strawberries I'm happy. Take care.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregRx's Avatar

      Gained almost 20 pounds during chemotherapy (prednisone) and then lost that and an additional 20 pounds due to mantle radiation up to my throat-couldn't tolerate even eating ice cream!

      over 3 years ago
    • c25862's Avatar

      Yes I have had weight issues while on chemo. Been trying to loose weight but it is hard with the steroids they give me

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I lost 10 pounds after surgery (weight of the tumor). Then, chemo caused weight gain of 15 pounds. I am finally done with hardcore chemo and looking forward to no steroids. I still have,a year of Avastin to do, but I plan on getting back into the gym and eating healthy.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      Whether you have gained weight since you've been diagnosed or lost it, I have two articles you may want to check out.

      Here is an article on getting back up to a healthy weight if you have lost it through treatment: https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/have-you-lost-weight-because-of-cancer-ideas-on-how-to-get-back-to-a-healthy-weight.

      Here is an article with ideas on how to lose weight after chemotherapy treatment: https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/losing-weight-after-chemotherapy.

      I hope the personal insights shared by others will help inspire you,

      about 3 years ago

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