I personally have a very strong belief that maintaining your weight as a cancer patient is vital!!! I am not a health professional in any way, but I base this upon my husband's past experiences since he has been a cancer patient and I know that a good weight means that you can tolerate side effects from cancer treatments and you will have more energy.
So to continue with my weight gaining info......
First I would encourage patients to always check with their doctor to see why they are losing weight as every patient is different. I can only relate my husband's experiences and as I have stated soooo many times before, every patient is different - so be ware of your own health status first and foremost. I've taken a close look at some of his meds and have determined that there is one in particular I strongly believe has caused him to lose this weight. It is a medication that is not vital to his day-to-day existence so that's wonderful, and although it's been prescribed for him on a daily basis, I know he does not need it. His next dr's visit is coming up very soon, so we'll be asking for another med that will not cause this weight loss.
PROTEIN and CARBOHYDRATES. You can check this out on the internet and make your own decisions, but a few things that my husband has found to be more edible and is working towards his weight gain are:
- daily milk shakes (one egg, vanilla, milk, fresh fruit)
- protein bars (one a day is fine)
- lentils, beans, macaroni with lots of cheese, porridge, milk which is at least 2%, bread high in protein and carbs, puddings
- whey (ask your doctor to see if it interacts with your present meds)
- trail mix (always have a small dish of this nearby for you to munch on)
One thing to note though is NOT to focus on foods that are high in sugars. There are alot of high protein and high carb foods out there that are not loaded with sugars. Keep away as well from drinking more than one soda a day, if you are a soda drinker. Those drinks are loaded with sugar that you don't need. These sugars will only keep taking your appetite away and you don't need that.
Well that's about it for now. If you know someone who has lost a considerable amount of weight recently as a cancer patient please pass this along to them. Getting that weight back on, is the FIRST step to surviving cancer and patients have to eat by themselves - no one can make them, not even us caregivers, so get going and don't waste another minute of not eating!!!
Good luck with your weight gain - let me know how things go for you! I'll keep you posted as well on how my husband is doing.