• Why is my husband still losing weight 12 weeks after treatment. He's consuming about 2000 calories with jevity and regular food?

    Asked by Flyboy on Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Why is my husband still losing weight 12 weeks after treatment. He's consuming about 2000 calories with jevity and regular food?

    I would think with 2000 calories, he could at least maintain his current weight. He already lost 30 lbs.,he's pretty skinny and doesn't need to lose anymore. He feels like he is constantly eating or drinking and is discouraged by this. Granted nothing he eats is high cal but all he can consume still are soft foods.

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      If he can eat and digest fats well, you might try adding some food high in healthy fat to his diet, like peanut butter or almond butter, avocado, olive oil. I don't know what he's able to eat because of his situation. Fats have over twice the calories per gram of that of protein or carbohydrates. It could be a good way to add quality calories without adding much quantity.

      It's impossible for someone out here to say why he's losing weight. For an guy with a body that's battling illness, 2,000 calories is not really that much. He can follow his doctor's advice as far as physical activity. He could be losing lean muscle mass. You could also consult with a dietitian. I have found on the internet that the American Cancer Society may have a dietitian available:

      "Cancer patients often face challenges with eating due to treatment side effects and may not get the proper nutrition in order to maintain their health. As a result, the American Cancer Society offers free nutrition counseling by registered dietitians specializing in oncology. Our dieticians provide patients and caregivers with personalized nutritional counseling by telephone. Dietitians also send written materials and provide follow-up to continue the support when needed. After treatment is finished, dietitians provide assistance with strategies for a healthy lifestyle. Contact us at (1-800-227-2345) for more information."

      They may be able to advise you on the special dietary needs of someone with cancer, or recovering from cancer, especially since your husband is taking part of his nutrition by feeding tube.

      You really need to talk to someone who is familiar with your husband's overall condition-- his doctor. They will know about any problems related to your husband's cancer, and also his circumstances with the feeding tube. I have no experience with feeding tubes.

      In the case of my father, who has an advanced cancer, I am watching for a condition called cachexia, in which he would still lose weight no matter how much he eats. His weight loss has stabilized in the last three weeks, without forcing him to eat. He lost almost 19% of his body weight within just a few months.

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      What is his height and weight? 2000 calories is not much, especially for a male. Just as an example, for someone his age with an average activity level, 5'10" and 160 pounds, he would need about 2000 calories to maintain his current weight. If he is taller, or heavier, or more active, he would need more calories to maintain his current weight.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Flyboy's Avatar

      My hubby is 5'7" and now weighs 135 after losing initially 30 pounds thru treatments and another 5 pounds over the last month or so. I agree that I am trying to get more calories, more fat into his diet. Eating anything too thick does not work well even this long after treatments but I guess this could last awhile. I actually had thought about getting in touch with the nutritionist too at the hospital who we saw early on, and checking with ACS for other options is a great idea too. He of course just told me about the extra weight loss so hopefully we can get some answers. He is walking 20-30 minutes a day. I am sure his stomach has shrunk, so he feels full quite easily.

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If he gets full quickly and can't eat very much at any one time, try eating more frequently. A calorie dense smoothie every 2-3 hours might do the trick. That would also be helpful if his recent weight loss it due to dehydration.

      almost 8 years ago

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