• weight gain

    Asked by catcook on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    weight gain

    since the middle of my chemo I have gained weight, but especially after chemo I have put on about 15 lbs. I went into this cancer gig weighing 137 now I am 165 ...9 months into this...is anyone else having this problem. I have been told by Dr.'s that my arm has edema...

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    • cris' Avatar

      I also gained about 25lbs, during & after chemo. My oncologist stated it was from the steroids and I really wasn't as active as I was before. I have lost some of the weight but not all, just been recovering from a bilateral mastectomy & I start radiation next week. I try & eat better & exercise. Best of luck to you...

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi! I gained 15 lbs during/after chemo. I finished that Nov. '12 and I'm still trying to have it come off hasn't been easy for me. I'm juicing and trying to eat more natural. Minus my dinners I have a farm boyfriend (meat and potatoes) hahahah.... Trying to keep up or more of my exercise regiem been sort of touch since implant surgery in Dec. '12 (it's the chest muscles) ugh.. I was told also that it was from the drugs and steroids they gave. I've had other people tell me just give it time needs get all out of system stay active if can watch what eating. I was never pregnant but guess rule however takes to put on be same to take off. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      unfortunately, breast cancer chemo and weight gain often go hand in hand. seems so unfair - doesn't it? anyway, my health care team warned me that weight gain was something to attempt to avoid but also very common.

      it's a combination of all kinds of things - these drugs can really mess with your metabolic pathways, the steroids may make you feel hungry, a way to "treat" nausea is to eat small amounts frequently...

      so, you are totally not alone in this. it's a very common issue. seems wrong, though, right? i mean, many of us envision a skinny chemo patient - not a chubby cherub!

      anyway, in a small fraction of people, weight loss accompanies breast cancer chemo... and an experimental drug i was on had the side effect of weight loss as well. and, i tend to comfort-fast rather than comfort-eat (dunno why that is). and, when i'm nauseous, i never eat... so, i fell into the other side - i lost too much weight... and struggled to eat on a schedule to minimize that.

      but you know what happened? after treatment was done, i was eating to get back to my healthy weight, and i ... uhm... sort of overshot! grrrrr!!!!! so, now i'm trying to get back to my healthy weight, but from the other direction! so, in the end, i'm in the same boat - needing to lose some weight.

      so, do what you can to lose around a pound a month - be active, limit snacks (especially those after 8p), eat smaller portions... i think moving towards a plant-based diet, if you have not already done so, is a really really good thing. i'm nearly 100% vegan - i eat a bit of egg here and there... but absolutely no dairy and no other animal-based foods. and if you're feeling munchy, try just brushing your teeth!

      for me, i've implemented dry april - this is a card from my grandfather's deck. whenever his weight would creep up and he'd fail his pants test, he cut out whiskey. well, i realized that i had gained too much weight when i failed my own pants test... and so no beer for me until i get back to my more typical weight! i have to say, that i miss beer... not that i drank a bunch... but it sure as heck adds up when you're a fan of local and excellent pale ales!

      as for the lymphedema - that SUCKS! are you able to see a physical therapist that specializes in this? i hope the answer is yes. there are definitely things that can be done to improve it... and, as it turns out, losing your chemo weight is one of them... as is exercise and lymphedema massage and so on.

      well, i'm five pounds down and about five more pounds to go... steady as she goes - aiming for about one pound per week weight loss. riding my bikes a ton... and staying away from excellent beers.

      sorry you are dealing with this - it's a bummer!

      over 3 years ago
    • anskysue's Avatar

      I agree with the others - could be the steroids which make me eat like crazy for a few days. I also started retaining water. The doctor started me on a water pill and I lost 12 lbs in a week. My water retention was pretty extreme and my ankles were huge before the water pill.

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I hear ya! I lost 10 pounds when they removed my tumor. By round 3 of chemo I am up 10 pounds and climbing. It isn't my diet, it is the steroids and fluids pumped in. I hear that it gets better once you finish chemo. Hang in there!

      over 3 years ago
    • rmh's Avatar

      hi catcook, I am not receiving chemo but will start radiation in two weeks. I do not know the medical side of chemo but I see you have some great feedback from other followers. Don't be hard on yourself. I don't know if you are male or female, but society and ourselves do good job of putting anyone down who is not within a certain number on a scale. You are in the midst of saving your life and if gaining some pounds is a side effect then for now try and accept it. Go buy a few nice new shirts that are flattering. Remember you are a beautiful person and soon you will be healthier and even more beautiful.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I am still going through chemo and I have gained 15 pounds! I was already overweight to begin with so this is uncomfortable and upsetting. I am much more sedentary now than I was before so that has to be a huge part of it. Hopefully I do not gain any more and hopefully we both can lose this soon!

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I am still going through chemo and I have gained 15 pounds! I was already overweight to begin with so this is uncomfortable and upsetting. I am much more sedentary now than I was before so that has to be a huge part of it. Hopefully I do not gain any more and hopefully we both can lose this soon!

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I lost 20 lbs. before and during treatments, then after treatments I gained it back plus 10lbs! I wasn't very active and didnt have much energy, so a year after my treatments ended, I started weight watchers and lost all of it plus 15 more!

      over 3 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I completely understand and it is SO frustrating. I have gained 20 pounds at this point. Before dx I was working out at least 5 days a week and could eat anything I wanted, although I tried to have a healthy diet. With a bilateral mastectomy, then chemo starting 6 weeks later? Stopped running, weight lifting, swimming, kickboxing.... sat on the sofa with the fatigue and I ate what I could. Easy 20 pounds. I JUST got the okay from my doctors to start back up again, minus anything working any chest muscles, so I'm hoping to at least start gaining some muscle back that I have lost.

      Right now I keep reminding myself (and others keep telling me), this is temporary. This is what I have to do to get through treatment and I will get my body back.

      Sometimes that is easier to say than believe! Especially when I am up 2 sizes and had to buy new jeans if I wanted to have them buttoned and sit down at the same time! But I refuse to spend a lot of money on bigger clothes. I went to the Salvation Army and got 3 pairs of jeans for $12.47! No guilt!

      over 3 years ago

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