• Weight Gain

    Asked by hotstuff on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    Weight Gain

    I know this may sound crazy, but i have gained so much weight since i was diagnosed in 2011 with non small cell lung cancer..I know they say it is good to have some weight , as i see people losing weight with this disease.. I was 155lbs. in 2011 i weighed in yesterday at 210 lbs..Is anyone else having this problem?? I tell my doctors about it & they don't seem to concerned... I hardly eat anything as with the chemo i dont have much of an appetite..One doctor told me i may be retaining water , but geez thats an awful lot dont ya think ?? Any suggestions ??

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    • CDawson's Avatar
      CDawson

      You are not alone. I also have gained weight. Radiation can cause hypothyroid so you might asked the to check. In my case it was fine so I have no good explanation. Even though I have tried to loose weight with both diet and exercise I have had no luck but at least iamnot gaini g anymore.

      about 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Please see a GP or Internist and get a full physical, and have your thyroid checked out because that can easily cause weight gain. Are you on any medications that can cause weight gain? Antidepressants or steroids? Maybe you're less active and not aware of it? Maybe you are retaining water? Maybe your metabolism is completely out of whack? Who knows but you are right to be concerned because being overweight is a strain on your heart, bones, and entire body and also could contribute to a reoccurrence. And in the meantime I would start writing down everything that you are eating and drinking, for your own records and also so that you have something to give the doctor. And write down your physical activities as well, of course exercise a little daily, but more than that try to get up and walk around often, because constant movement during the day is actually sometimes better than a heavy 20 minute exercise program. And after you get a physical I would follow it up with an appointment with a dietitian as well. And please stay away from sugar and artificial sweeteners, because both can cause weight gain and they are both unhealthy as well. If you are anywhere near a cancer support community they always have free exercise classes available, and sometimes trying something new is enough to shake your metabolism up and lose a little weight. And this is going to sound crazy and is a big long shot- but there are sleep eaters like there are sleep walkers, sometimes people actually eat in their sleep! So I would somehow keep track of what is in your fridge and cupboards every night for awhile, maybe tie them closed with a string and check if it is broken in the morning? Again that is a crazy long shot but it has been known to happen. Good luck and best wishes to you!

      about 7 years ago
    • Suzmeister's Avatar
      Suzmeister

      I too have gained weight since chemo - nearly 20 pounds. I attribute to several factors including smoking cessation, steroids that are given w/ chemo, less exercise/movement, etc. my cancer has spread to my spine $ I just finished 10 days of radiation treatment. These treatments have resulted in a loss of appetite whereas the steroids made me hungry like a wolf so I am starting to lose a few pounds. I know in the scope of things it seems silly to worry about weight but it does matter when you can't wear your clothes & look even worse in the mirror when self esteem is already compromised. I sure don't have the answer to this dilemma but I can commiserate w/ you!

      about 7 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar
      shineon6 (Best Answer!)

      I ,too, have had a 30+ problem...it is very frustrating but in the big picture it is a pretty good trade off. I am of the belief that when all this gets out of me..... (A two year survivor on inhalers), it will get back to normal....what ever that may be.
      I have gone to a low carb, gluten free, sugar free diet...."Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes.... I am
      just now starting to lose a little bit each week. It is the only thing which has made a difference.
      It has taken two years for my hair to get back to its old self, so maybe a lesson in patience.
      I truly don't believe the doctors have the foggiest about these weight gains!
      lilymadeline has some very good suggestions as well!

      about 7 years ago
    • hotstuff's Avatar
      hotstuff

      Thank you all for the suggestions on my weight gain problem.. I have had my thyroid checked it's not that.. I'm going on 3 years with this lung cancer 7 i have had radiation & chemo... And yes i am on a stronger chemo now where i have to take those steroids again, so i really don't eat, but i nit pick all day..I don't know but i do like what Suzmeister had to say , about self esteem is already comprimised.. I am now on depression pills because i feel i need it to cope right now... Being my cancer has spread & is inoperable..

      about 7 years ago
    • Mare55's Avatar
      Mare55

      I used to be on my feet all day running as a nurse's aide. I went from that to sitting a whole lot due to feeling tired all the time from chemo and radiation. I started all of this back in July. I would say that I probably gained 10 lbs which is unusual for me since I have always kept a steady weight. The staff and doctors where I go are actually glad. I guess it is much worse if you are losing weight! I feel bad that I am finding my clothes tight, etc. I am assuming much of this started with the steroids also. I don't know if this helps but at least you know that you are not alone..

      about 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I am with you and you are not crazy. I work out 4-5 times per week and I am still 50 pounds overweight than before I was dx and I never ever had a weight problem. The cancer and the treatment turns our muscles into mush..thats what is going on..Am I am trying really hard to loose and build up muscle.

      Very good news published today on the PD-1 and PDL-1.. some people are 3 years out stable with NSCLC after just one treatment.

      about 7 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Unfortunately, I can't answer the question about the weight gain either but I can surely commiserate. Since I was diagnosed, I have gained 40 lbs or so. It is not uncommon to put on 8 or more lbs in 2 weeks. I don't feel that I eat a whole lot more than I did though I do admit that I have a healthy appetite!!! (I started gaining weight after I quit smoking about 5 years ago and went through menopause ... the cancer treatments have just made it worse.) In some weird way, it does make me feel less alone to see that others are facing the same problem I am and are reacting the same way. My oncologist thinks it is just peachy for me to get fatter and fatter!

      about 7 years ago
    • Mare55's Avatar
      Mare55

      Isn't it funny how they are so pleased with the weight gain? I guess because with cancer so many people lose. I was told not to try and diet during treatment. I find myself eating things for comfort like ice cream and I can't seem to control it. Got to have some kind of vice, right? I hope all of us can eventually get our muscles back and lose the weight. Just to be able to walk up the stairs and not look like an old woman!!

      about 7 years ago
    • Liha's Avatar
      Liha

      My doc isn't pleased and my anxiety abt his harping abt it, is almost as much anxiety as test results. I've fought it twice, first time lost 15, then gained 75, I was just thankful to be in remission and did what I wanted. I was dx a 2nd time 2 yrs later I lost 60 and I have gained 30 back. I'm still undergoing treatment. I've started eating clean, fresh foods I make myself, and drinking lots of water. I plan on getting more exercise when my strength allows and as weather improves, but finding its hard to lose it. I've been so good and had lost 4 lbs, then gained 1. Its crazy. Its frustrating for us I would imagine as it would be for someone that gets emaciated and can't seem to gain. The comments from people while you are fighting this beast, because of your weight, are really unbelievable. 'WOW you look healthy' or 'So, how much weight have you lost?'. People I feel lucky to be alive at any size!

      about 7 years ago
    • Mare55's Avatar
      Mare55

      Yes, I have had many people, my doctor included tell me how great I look. They don't know how I feel though! It's too bad that your doctor is harping on you about your weight Liha. You have enough to worry about as we all do....

      about 7 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      Thank you for sharing your question! We have a few articles on the site about maintaining a healthy weight during or after cancer treatment. Perhaps you will find them helpful.

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/a-cheat-sheet-to-achieving-and-maintaining-a-healthy-weight

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/losing-weight-after-chemotherapy

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/why-starting-an-exercise-plan-is-easier-than-you-think-ideas-from-other-whatnexter-s

      Best of luck,
      David

      about 7 years ago

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