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alihamilton
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I wonder if anyone can advise. My husband, dx July 2003 stage 111 rectal cancer, 11 out of 18 lymph nodes involved. Resection, chemo/radiotherapy, NED late July of this year. He lost a total of 40 lbs during surgery and treatment but regained 20 quite quickly and is eating very well now. However, he cannot seem to put on any more weight and would love a few more pounds. He does have several bowel movements a day (no colostomy was needed) and I am wondering if this could affect weight gain. He definitely takes in more calories than he puts out in terms of exercise...doesn't really do any!!

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spongebob
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Joined: Apr 2003

Hi, Ali -

A few suggestions:

1. Try Ensure or some other "whole meal supplement" between meals.

2. Eat/take more fiber. It will actually REDUCE the number of movements per day.

3. Drink lots of water.

4. More small meals versus a few large meals - makes calories available for consumption more static over the day.

5. A Big Ole Chocolate milkshake just before bed

6. Beer & Pizza!!

Hope some of the is helpful.

- SpongeBob

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alihamilton
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Thanks, SpongeBob, we will try some of those though he hates supplements. He does eat several meals a day so hopefully it will start to show soon. I suspect that I am beginning to get really nervous again as the time approaches for CEA testing and so any "signs" may increase my anxiety. I know from other posts that everyone goes through this when it comes to testing time but it really is awful!

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spongebob
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Ali -

I don't believe it's something you ever get past. I still get nervous every time I get a hangnail. I suspect those of us with a hereditary form of cancer may get a bit more jittery since we never really get rid of it, but I know everyone has the same issues. All just part of being a survivor. You guys hang tough and keep a positive outlook.

BTW, I forgot to suggest one of Em's blueberry smoothies as a possible source of beneficial calories. I'm sure she'll be MORE than happy to give you the complete 411 on it if you ask.

Be well

- SB

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alihamilton
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Thanks guys, Monika, I always read your posts and there is a similarity in our husband's dx but mine was only given 5fu/leukovorin though in quite heavy doses initially. Our oncologist feels that is sufficient and I hope he is right!

I agree entirely about not worrying and enjoying the time of NED, which I was able to do initially. It is only as the time for testing approaches, that I let anxiety creep up on me. I also keep in mind that your Bert's CEA rises inexplicably and therefore that a slightly higher CEA is not necessarily indicative of recurrence. Wow, how our lives change forever!

I will give Mike some more carbs....he does eat alot already but it is interesting that you say protein tends to go straight through! That might explain why he has to use the bathroom once or twice after his evening meal!

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Tessyann
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Joined: Apr 2004

What so strange is my hubby is the complete opposite... he doesnt have trouble gaining weight its losing weight that had pledge him... he ballon from 225 to over 300 lbs since being dx in 92.. Ive heard of other that have had the same affect with the chemos used for colon cancer.
Teresa

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