Posted on 2 Dec 2014

Weight Gain and Cancer

I think most of us would assume it’s more likely you would experience weight loss with cancer and cancer treatment, but that might not always be the case. The feeling of fatigue associated with cancer can easily lead to a reduction in physical activity. This in turn can lead to weight gain. There is significant anecdotal evidence that weight gain has been the trigger for suspecting ovarian cancer. This has not been an all over weight gain, but specifically in the abdomen.

Cancer treatment may also lead to weight gain. Chemotherapy can cause water retention in the cells and tissues. The side effects of chemotherapy can lead to fatigue, food cravings, and reduced metabolism. Steroid medication is also used for cancer treatment. The side effects can be fatty tissue deposits around the abdomen and facial cheeks. This is likely to occur with long term use. Hormone therapy can result in an increase in body fat, and decreased metabolism. Unfortunately, all of the above can lead to an increase in weight.

Research suggests that colon cancer is associated with a high animal fat diet, and general poor nutrition. It goes without saying a healthy diet is essential to all of us. There should be a high number of fruit and vegetables, even more than the recommended 5 a day. Simple carbohydrates should be replaced by complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains. Plenty of clear fluids should be taken on a daily basis. Whenever you can replace frying with steaming, and taste the food not the fat.


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