• Weight loss during chemo

    Asked by marmot on Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Weight loss during chemo

    My husband is being treated with Rituxan and Bendamustine for lymphoma. He continues to lose weight, even though he has a pretty good appetite, no nausea or other digestive issues. Can the treatment itself cause this weight loss? He has had 2/6 treatments so far.

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      i dont' know much about that chemo regimen, but mine totally caused me to lose weight, and i lost quite a bit but never crossed over to a scary amount of weight loss. i would recommend asking the oncos about this at the next appointment. pretty much, i was told to do what it took to eat more than i was eating. anyway, people on his medical team might have some good ideas... good luck - i hope he is able to eat a bit more soon!

      ps - consider adding a bit more plant-based fats, like avocado and olive oils etc... also, i hear fish oil can help keep muscle mass.... there's also a vegetarian version of fish oil, which i started taking when my weight loss got to be worrisome for me. i feel like that helped.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Chemo drugs are the best weight loss drugs ever designed. I always loose weight on chemo but mostly due to nausea and diahrrea. If he has not had nausea and diahrrea

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Opps answer continued: If he has not had nausea or diahrrea then you may need to keep track of the caloried he is taking in. As long as his weight does not get too low it is probably OK. on one round of chemo my wife and I took a cruise during a break and I managed to gain weight. The oncologist loved it so we aske him to perscribe a cruise so the insurance company would pay for it. Didn't work but a cruise is a great vacation for a chemo break as you can do as much or as little as you want and there is all of the food you would ever want. Good luck and let us know how it works out.

      over 8 years ago
    • SherrySwett's Avatar

      I lost about 10 pounds while actively in treatment. The really neat part was that when I got my appetite back I could eat anything I wanted for at least six months and not gain anything. Now I'm just trying to maintain my 10 pound loss.

      over 8 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar

      I don't remember anything about weight loss when I had bendamustine and rituxan. I did get large purple areas on my legs. I was very fatigued, so much that I missed the whole next week of work. My job is so score exams. After two treatments, I stopped the treatment because my work is seasonal and I could not afford to miss another week. They then gave me rituxan for four weeks and then quarterly for two years, finished this past July.

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I would ask the oncologist this question. We can give our opinion, and let you know it's common or rare, but your doctor knows you and what you are receiving... Please check with him/her. I know I was told I would not lose weight... and with all the two years of chemo I received... I didn't lose a poung. Dang IT!

      over 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      I don't recall any weight loss (too bad, I could use a few inches off the waist) with Rituxan + Bendamustine. My biggest reaction was to Rituxan and that didn't really kick in until my third treatment. I never got a third treatment of Rituxan but I did go back for a third Bendamustine after I recovered. Even though I only got half of the 4 treatments my oncologist recommended, the drugs were very effective.

      I see you aren't far from me. I was treated at the Henry Ford on 19 Mile in Macomb County.

      over 8 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I lost 22 pounds total during chemo, but then after chemo, I gained it back and 10 more! I just lost 37 pounds though. I think it is pretty normal to go up and down.

      over 8 years ago
    • PhaedraB's Avatar

      I haven't lost any weight on that treatment. Been joking with the docs that it's just my luck that I get a cancer that doesn't make you lose weight. I actually gained a bit at first, 5-8 lbs, which might have been related to the big change in my activity level, but then it went back to the start point. Still heavier than I used to be, but my activity has changed so much there's likely a connection with that.

      Weight loss with most cancers is because the tumors use up more of the available calories. That doesn't happen commonly with this form of lymphoma. However, if you've changed his diet or making healthier nutrition choices than before, that might be the simple answer. But if it were me, I'd definitely bring it up with the doctor.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Kathy55's Avatar

      I has the same treatment I experienced some weight lose. Not enough for my oncologist to be too concerned.after chemo fatigue and no appetite forced myself to eat applesauce hello Ensure hard boiled egg yogurt. Gradually appetite started coming back just in time for next chemo treatment. I'm in maintence chemo now (Rituxin) every 2 months for another year. Trying to maintain a normal life. Good and not so good data fatigue and muscle fatigue. But life is good. Hang in there

      over 7 years ago

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