Weight gaining?

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Weight gaining?

Postby Mohrfamily » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:52 am

DH changed his diet back in January 2018 (before we knew about cancer) stopped dairy and beer because he thought he was lactose intolerant and just lost his taste for beer. In January he had a DOT physical and weighed in the 280 range mid to high.

He's down to 223 - 218 and he is concerned about losing weight he wanted to stay in the 230s. His appetite is good he eats when he is hungry and is alternating Gatorade zero and water for hydration. He stopped or is at least watching his sugar intake like a hawk.

Does anyone have good tips for weight gain?
DH dx officially stage IV with liver mets largest measuring 6x6.4 cm
Colonoscopy/endoscopy/port place 5/29
4cm long mass in splenic flexure
1st round FolFox 5/30
08/2018 new CT no new lesions, clear lungs, slight decrease in colon.
3/2019 PET scan shows greater than 6-7 liver mets largest measuring 3x3 cm. No growth nothing new.
4/3/19 consult radiologist for possible radiation treatment.

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Re: Weight gaining?

Postby martd » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:45 am

The app "my fitness pal" keeps track of calorie intake and can set up a game plan for what you want to accomplish. It was a little involved in the beginning getting set up but then worked very well for me. Also drinking a boost or ensure with every meal is a good source of calories. Good luck, hope all goes well

49 y/o male dx 11/2017 crc
Stage 4 with 17 liver Mets, cea 490
12 rounds folfox , avastin
5/18 cea 2.8 liver resection and pve
7/18 part 2 liver resection, remove right side of liver
Surgical site mrsa infection, wound vac
8/18 cea .9 cCR, rectal tumor is gone
Rectal surgery postponed, watch and wait
10/18 clear scan CEA .7
01/19 clear scan CEA .9
04/19 clear scan CEA .9

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Re: Weight gaining?

Postby AppleTree » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:24 pm

I am struggling with weight gain myself. 106 pounds at 5'8". Up 2 pounds! I had a meeting with a nutrionalist today. I am 3 months off Folfox.

Because of ongoing diarrhea issues, despite the Sandstatin shot every month and 6-8 Lomotol every day...it has been hard for me.

Maybe he could meet with the oncology nutrionalist? Mine recommended pea milk in my protein smoothies instead of almond milk (more protein). Sprinkle hemp hearts on my Greek yogurt. 6 small meals a day or snacks like cooked fruit, applesauce, etc. Because when I have a big meal, my body just about immediately shoots it out. Right now I usually can keep food in me for 3-4 hours...so that is a huge improvement from a few months ago. I never can eat until I feel full so I always feel slightly hungry.

She had a lot of helpful handouts for me. Plus the hospital is starting a strength training program for cancer patients that she thinks would help me (and it is free!).

So, check local resources and see what you come up with. I understand how hard it can be to gain back the weight.
Diag Feb 5, 2016 Age 45
3 cm tumor 5 cm from verge
Radiation + Xeloda pills - 3000mg 5x week
3/14 - 4/16 - 25 sessions
Shrank just over 50% L nodes 0/13
Remove rectum with temp Ileo 6/17
Reversal 7/20 due to infection
Acute hepatitis August. Chemo cancelled
June to September 2016 - 58 days in hospital

6/16, MRI shadow in lung
Pet - 6.6mm Met in Upper R lobe
7/30 VAT surgery Mass General/Boston
8/24 port
8/30 - 4/28 Folfox. 12 rounds
June CT shows new lung Mets.
July/Oct PETs...CLEAR!

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