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Is It Normal to Gain Weight During Chemotherapy?
Recently, a friend of mine gained some weight while undergoing chemotherapy for her cancer. Is this normal?
Yes, it is common to gain weight during chemotherapy. However, that doesn't mean it's unavoidable or that there's nothing you can do to reverse the weight gain. The first step is to try to pinpoint what exactly is causing your weight gain.
Are you gaining water weight? If so, this really isn't weight gain in the true sense, but it is an issue that needs to be addressed by your doctor. Are you eating as a way of dealing with worry, sadness, or anxiety? Are you eating nonstop to avoid nausea due to chemo (for some people, nausea is worse on an empty stomach)? Are you gaining weight due to hormonal changes? Are you less active due to fatigue or anemia? Are you choosing less healthy options, for whatever reason?
Often, it is a combination of factors causing the weight gain, and it can be very helpful to talk with your doctor about this problem. He or she can help you sort out the causes and figure out a plan for losing the excess weight, or at least stopping or slowing the gaining.