Aug 29, 2004 - 2:42 pm
I'm again posting on behalf of my friend who was diagnosed with ovca in July. She had her debulking surgery in August, and will begin chemo in Sept. (Stage hasn't been specified, though the stats that were quoted, and the places it had spread to indicate Stage IV.)
I would greatly appreciate any perspective you all have on nutrition. She is a petite person, and is now down 10 lbs since her surgery -- when she had her port put in, there was no fat on her arm, and the surgeon had to involve the muscle.
The family has been very supportive emotionally and is ensuring that she has companionship. I'm worried about her food intake. I have been asking about how she is eating, what they are doing to supplement etc. And no one seems to be focusing on this. It's difficult not being a family member -- I'm certainly not being critical, but I'm sensing a lack of urgency in terms of getting calories in. There seems to be the feeling that once chemo begins, she will gain weight. I'm worried that if she loses any more, she may be too frail to start that process.
I'm bringing her some potato/cream soup today, and will make a smoothie (show her husband how to). Any other little high-cal tricks?
Anyone had the experience that weight is gained during chemo? She is scheduled for 6-8 rounds, every 3 weeks. I haven't been able to find out the specific drugs.
Many thanks for your thoughts.