• Loss of appetite after 2nd round of chemo

    Asked by kiki1875 on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Loss of appetite after 2nd round of chemo

    Good morning, friends! My father has finished his second round of chemo and has zero appetite. He is losing a lot of weight, very weak, and not able to do much without being worn out. The docs have given him 2 meds (one being a man-made marijuana pill) to increase his appetite but to no avail. What has worked for you or your loved ones? Thank you. Love and blessings to you all!

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Maria1481's Avatar

      avoid anything greasy, acid and too much sugar. My doctor recommended eating meat, rice, soups. It is normal the first days after the chemo to loose appetite since anything you eat will be vomited plus the stomach gets real sensitive and the taste of food changes. Eventually you'll notice the weight loss. I was prescribed medicine to ail the symptoms but they only make it worst. Please be patient I know is hard for our loved ones but the medicines in the chemo are really strong. Hope my experience will help you and I hope your father gets well very soon.

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      All I could get down at first on chemo were a few dry Cheerios. Once they got my anti-nausea meds adjusted, after about the 3rd chemo treatment, I could pretty much eat anything, but was careful about what I ate. I also had zero appetite after a major cancer surgery, many things just seemed gross, but then I found I could eat a very small bowl of pasta salad and stayed with that for a time. I would say, be patient, keep trying different foods, and stay in contact with the oncologist until the meds are adjusted correctly for your father.

      over 3 years ago
    • sandikf's Avatar

      If this continues i would suggest he asks for a feeding tube that way he can at least get something in him. I lived off ensure thru feeding tube for about 5 months because of radiation not chemo. Hope it gets better for him

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Carnation instant breakfasts, Full fat yogurt, puddings, ice cream. High fat pastas with lots of olive oil.
      Chicken with the skin. Eggs, peanut butter, almond butter, full fat soups-creamy type.

      He might also be depressed. Could be shock or suffering from PTSD. And this is very normal. If you suspect anything like this talk with the Dr. and see if an assessment is in order.

      But go easy because this is all such a drag that anyone would be depressed. Also the ACS offers a cook book on meals for cancer treatments. Go to the ACS desk they should have lots of materials.

      over 3 years ago
    • themitch1970's Avatar

      Try to find a protein source that works. I could eat small amounts of cheese. Don't drink water if your stomach is bad. Gatorade or powerade will be much easier to tolerate. If there's something that sounds good, try it. A friend survived on Coke and french bread while she was sick. If your too sick to eat, nibble something easy and wait. With mine, I was only sick for about a week with each 3 week cycle. Tank up when you do feel better.

      over 3 years ago
    • kiki1875's Avatar

      Thank you all for responding. Right now, Dad is so discouraged about having no appetite that he becomes emotional when he is faced with food. It's so disheartening and my mother feels like she has to force him to eat which makes her just as emotional. This is just so difficult.

      over 3 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      You may try small, frequent meals, 6-8 times a day. If he has no appetitie then sitting down to a large dinner can be very overwhelming and decrease his appetite even more than it is. There are protein supplements that can give the weight a boost. The ones you always here of ENSURE/BOOST but there is one that I really like, atheletes use it to gain weight and buff up, it is called WHEY. You can get it in different flavors and use with milk or icecream. Try a small bag first to see if he likes it. If he does they sell it in large quantities at Sams and other retail stores. Encourage the protein whenever possible, even if it is a tablespoon of peanut butter when passing through the kitchen, heres hoping he gains 1.5 pounds in the next week.

      over 3 years ago

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