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Montrealer
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Joined: Jul 2007

Hi All!

Since my dad has started chemo, he has an EXTREMELY strong appetite. He is eating much more than usually and has gained weight. He is undergoing Folfox 6. Is it a very good sign that he has appetite like this?

Thanx and enjoy the hot summer,

Montrealer....

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kerry
Posts: 1317
Joined: Jan 2003

Your dad's strong appetite is probably due to the Decadron (steriod) that he is given at the time of chemo infusion. There was a posting not too far back where several folks talked about their food cravings. It is not uncommon to gain weight during chemo.

Kerry

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alta29
Posts: 435
Joined: Mar 2005

Ditto ! That was me..gained 50 pounds !!!Lost 10 after chemo...and counting !

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KierstenRx
Posts: 249
Joined: Nov 2006

Decatdron made me eat like a viking. I always had to have a cheeseburger with fries after chemo. Gained 15 pounds during treatment. Oncologist said to eat whatever during treatment, it's much better for the patient than not.

Kiersten

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