• Weight

    Asked by Blue on Tuesday, January 14, 2014


    I am wondering how many pancreatic cancer patients were overweight, even by ten pounds, prior to their diagnosis.

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    • armyret's Avatar

      Blue - I was 225 lbs before I started to "rest" more often and had no interest in eating for about a month prior to my diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. In that time frame I lost 40 lbs (185) and even got down to 182 prior to starting Chemo in July 2013. Since then I have gained back 12 lbs and I want to stay under 200. I am now aware of foods that are easy to digest and I try to eat those type of foods.. I will say that the Body Builder Whey Protein that you just add milk and make a protein shake (chocolate is really good :>) ) is an easy fix when you don't feel like eating but you need to get something in you. Highly recommend. I started a journal which goes back to July and I can see how my weight has progressed and what foods I was able to eat. Made things easier.

      over 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I've watched Dr. Oz, and he has mentioned obesity and pancreatic cancer, as well as other types of cancer. I was overweight when I was diagnosed with uterine and thyroid cancer. I only lost 30 lbs during 7 months of treatment during which time I probably ate 500-800 calories per day.

      over 7 years ago
    • JMS's Avatar

      Interesting question, Blue. By my personal standards, I considered myself to be a few pounds (maybe 6-7) heavier than I wanted, but was also a workout enthusiast and had been for many years. Of course, now, I'm way down on weight (weighing in at only 97 on Monday - and I'm 5'6").

      over 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      My surgeon said that my weight (6+ foot tall, 200 lbs) and excellent fitness were a benefit because when he went in to take the nodes, he didn't have to search as hard to find them as he does with obese or unfit patients. Currently, the best way to see if the cancer has spread is to check the nodes and if you can't find them, you can't disect and might miss some important clues. I knew obesity put more strain on your body which weakened it, but had never thought of the pure, physical obstruction all that fat could have. If there is one lesson we need to be teaching, its that taking care of ourselves BEFORE the diagnosis is the best way to avoid the diagnosis or at least lessen its impact.

      over 7 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      My mother had pancreatic cancer and was some fifty pounds overweight. In fact, one of her first symptoms was that she began to lose weight without trying to.

      over 7 years ago
    • janabel681's Avatar

      I was over weight when I was diagnosed. I lost 20 lbs when I was in chemo. I have now gained 10 of those pounds back now that I am no longer taking chemo. I am now in remission and have talked with my doctor about starting a diet.

      over 7 years ago
    • tibby150's Avatar

      I was ah still am a fatty. i kinda feel as if the pc had an effect on me gaining weight because I don"t know how I climbed to 233lbs! well after the operation I lost 35 lbs that put me at 198lbs then over the next year i slowly started to gain back up to about 210. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of whipple attacks lately and I'm down to 195lbs. Ugh- i plan on getting down to at least 175lbs. I am now eating a gluten free sugar free diet because I just can"t digest it anymore.

      over 7 years ago
    • sullymum's Avatar

      Well just before I was diagnosed, I was on Weight Watchers...and was trying very hard to loose weight...I has lost 25lbs but 50lbs was my goal...also I had just gone back to statins for my cholesterol needless to say when the diagnosis came I stopped WW and the statins...I did lose another 10lbs when on chemo (but that was due to all the pre meds and steroids)...my last chemo was in June 2013...and I have since put the 10lbs back on...my doctor is NOT happy with this...so now the holidays are over and it is time for me again to start losing the weight...I always wondered if the fats/sugars were a part of this whole cancer thing...I will say that I have had 3MRIs and no evidence of tumors on the pancreas or the liver (of which I had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer)..I will say that weight has always been a struggle for me all my life..

      over 7 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      My dad was overweight. The extra weight was a benefit I think, because he lost in the neighborhood of 70 pounds by his last month. He dropped the first 50 pretty quickly in the beginning. Then we were able to maintain weight up until about the past month when he had a harder time.

      over 7 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      Thank you for your question! Weight is a common topic on WhatNext whether it is trying to gain or trying to lose. Perhaps you will find this article helpful.


      Best wishes,

      over 7 years ago

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