Weight gain during chemo?

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   Posted 9/7/2006 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning all. I have been reading quite a bit the most women gain weight during chemo. I was wondering if this is true for any of you and if you have any suggestions to battle this gruesome fact! Thanks

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   Posted 9/7/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was fortunate in that I stayed the same weight during chemo.  I never lost my appetite, either.  In fact, most people say to eat light, but for me, the fattier the better it made me feel.  Since finishing chemo (Apr 05), I've lost about 15 lbs. and trying for a lot more.  Good luck.
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   Posted 9/7/2006 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I gained 30 lbs on chemo.  But, I also quit smoking after my first visit to my oncologist.  I had such an appetite and was never sick a day.  I used diet pills to lose the weight.

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   Posted 9/9/2006 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't gain weight on chemo until I lost my period, which was after the third treatment. And then the pounds started packing on a few at a time...so I don't think it was the chemo itself, it was the menopause it put me in.

Good luck to you!


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   Posted 9/10/2006 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I gained about 10 during chemo and then another 20 while taking steroids.....Iam watching what I eat now and hopefully it will start dropping off. Like Kathy I did not loose my appitite and fatty food was easier to deal with. I had trouble with different smells including food. Alot of those I still can't stand the smell and I have been done with chemo since January. I was shocked that most people gain during chemo I was hoping to loose :)



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   Posted 9/11/2006 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost a lot of weight during Chemo but have found it again thanks to Tamox. and now Femara. It found its way back home in a hurry. But the good news is we are here to complain about it. I try to look at it that way. L&H Joyce
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   Posted 9/11/2006 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Judi! I believe that most women gain some weight during chemo. Part is due to some of the premeds that are given as they are a form of steriod. My onco told me not to worry about the weight gain. She didn't want me attempting to lose the weight. Her main goal was getting me well. I also found that I did well w/ the fattier foods. Also lots of veggies. As for diet pills, I am not a believer in them. They scare the heck out of me. Always check w/ your onco or pp before you take any type of meds, esp. when you are on chemo.

Hang in there. Remember if it means you gain a few pounds over the next few months to help you get well, don't fight it. You can always lose it after you get the great words "ALL CLEAR"!



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   Posted 9/12/2006 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
lost a few lbs during a/c and fec rounds, but when we started taxotere i had to take decadron beforehand and MAN OH MAN i wanted to eat a HUGE dinner on that stuff!!!!
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