Weight loss with cancer
Weight loss with cancer: When they are first diagnosed with cancer, 40% of people report unexplained weight loss. Up to 80 percent of people with advanced cancer lose weight and become weak. The waste is also known as cachexia, which is a combination of weight loss and muscle.
Weight loss will be followed by constant fatigue and tiredness. This may be one of the reasons you should go to the doctor first. There are many causes of weight loss with cancer, and your doctor can treat most of them. Weight loss with cancer will be followed by constant fatigue and tiredness. But this is not the only reason. For those with cancer, other causes:
- A bloated stomach (abdomen)
- Sensation and sickness (nausea and vomiting)
- Hard to swallow
- Feeling of fullness due to swollen (enlarged) liver
- Clogged intestine
- Blood is high in calcium
What can I do to maintain my weight and increase strength?
In addition to taking any medications prescribed by your doctor, there are many things you can do to keep your body strong. Good, balanced nutrition and adequate hydration are very important. Eat a balanced diet and be sure to include protein to maintain lean body mass. Beef, pork, chicken, tofu, and soy are excellent sources of protein.
Dairy products are the same – try some greek yogurt, which is higher in protein than regular yogurt. For more information on nutrition during treatment, read the title of the Cancer Care fact sheet “Importance of nutrition during treatment.”
Increase the number of calories you eat. Choose nutritious foods that you like. If hunger is a problem, try eating small, frequent meals. Prepare smoothies, shakes, and purees, which may be easier to digest. And add milk or protein powder to your diet. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Water is best, but you can also get liquids from soups, popsicles, and sports drinks.
Keeping track of the side effects you are experiencing can help your healthcare team. Having a health care diary or notebook allows you to keep all of your medical information in one place. If you have constipation, keeping a detailed journal can help
The physical activities you do and how they affect your mood and energy level.
- Your diet
- Fluid intake and fluid type
- Medications you are currently taking
Physical exercise also plays a key role in building new muscles and reducing fatigue. It has also been shown to improve mood, attitude, and self-image. If you are very weak or tired, start with a 3-4 minute walk at a time and continue from there. You can also try somebody exercises while sitting in a chair, moving your arms up and down and front to back can help you maintain flexibility.
Making a fist and raising your arms up and down will increase strength. Round shoulders restrict chest movement, but good posture can help you breathe and reduce fatigue. Focus on increasing your breathing during activities: for example, when climbing stairs, inhale it with each step, so as not to tire yourself when climbing.
Weight loss with cancer can depend on cancer type
About 60 out of 100 people with lung cancer (60%) experience loss of appetite and significant weight loss at the time of diagnosis. Of those with upper gastrointestinal cancer, this figure is 80 (80%) per 100 people. Upper gastrointestinal cancers include:
- Cancer of the esophagus (esophagus)
- Stomach cancer
- Small intestine cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Liver cancer (including primary and secondary liver cancers, bile duct and gallbladder cancers)
When to worry about your weight
Without eating more than 5% of your normal weight diet in 6 to 12 months, your doctor will want to know the cause of your loss. Losing 5% of your normal weight may not sound like a lot. But if you continue to lose weight at this rate, it can become a serious problem.
- Control your weight
- At the same time once a week, weigh yourself wearing the same clothes
- If you don’t have standards, look at how tight or lose your clothes, watch or rings are
- Tell your doctor or nurse if you are concerned about changes in your weight.
Weight loss with cancer treatment
Cancer treatments can also lead to weight loss. Radiation and chemotherapy often reduce appetite. The weight loss will be followed by radiation and chemotherapy, which will reduce the risk of overeating.
- Mouth ulcers
Weight loss with cancer medications
Depending on your specific condition, your doctor may prescribe weight loss with cancer medications:
- Megestrol acetate (Palace, Ovaban), the hormone progesterone
- Steroids such as a pancreatic enzyme (lipase), metoclopramide (Reglan), or dronabinol (Marinol)
Some cancer patients who have difficulty swallowing or chewing receive nutrition therapy through an IV. People with esophageal or head and neck cancer often have trouble eating or drinking.
Both radiation and chemotherapy are well known for their ability to cause nausea and vomiting. It is impossible to know who is affected by these symptoms because two people receiving similar treatments respond very differently. The reasons for these differences are sometimes easy to identify, but other times they are not clear.
While chemotherapy and radiation can cause each other nausea, chemotherapy can also take a more circular approach. In “Recognizing the Early Signs of Anemia,” we discussed the goals of chemotherapy to divide cells more quickly. Cells that line our digestive system: cells that divide rapidly from the mouth of all kinds.
When this lining is damaged, many symptoms appear, naming some of them as chewing and swallowing, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, and malabsorption. Each of these causes weight loss from cancer. To deal with these symptoms, doctors recommend eating small but frequent meals to slightly affect your digestive system.
Regardless of the cause, losing weight before and during cancer treatments can have devastating effects from a physical and psychological point of view. From changing the way we see and feel about our bodies to decreasing the effectiveness of treatments, weight loss with cancer is a serious condition.
At Cancer Horizons we ask that you openly and honestly consult with your doctor or subject who may lose weight due to cancer. Do not stay silent and think about what is going to happen, be active in your battle.
Prevent weight loss after treatment
If you get treatment for stomach cancer, weight loss may still be a problem as you recover. For example, if some of your stomachs were removed during surgery, you may not be able to digest foods like you used to. Your doctor will guide you on how to eat, but you may need to:
- Eat smaller meals more often
- Take vitamin supplements
- Drink liquid meals to boost calories