how fast does someone lose weight when they have cancer?

when looking up symptoms of cancer, one of them is weight loss but they don’t say how fast the weight is lost. anyone with a medical background have any idea?

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5 Responses to “how fast does someone lose weight when they have cancer?”

  1. myopiniononly1948 said:

    a large amount in a few weeks or about a month. You just can’t eat and if you do it’s not much. If you think you have something , go to the doctor immediately.

  2. cris said:

    My mother had stage 4 breast cancer, and never lost a pound. Until she had chemo and radiation. And was just to sick and weak to eat. My grandmother who had lung cancer also only lost weight while on chemo, and then it wasn’t very much. And they weren’t the only ones, I had 2 aunts that both had leukemia, and neither lost any weight before their diagnosis.

  3. notalonewithcancer said:

    It varies with the type of cancer and the person. I was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer, never lost a pound until the chemo weakened me and I caught the flu three times in three months.

  4. Max Power said:

    Some chemo treatments have steroids and the cancer patient can gain weight.

  5. Tarkarri said:

    Only some forms of cancer cause weight loss, usually weight loss in cancer patients is a side effect of the chemotherapy.

    If you have had a sudden, large weight loss, unexplainable by diet or exercise, then it may be a symptom of some forms of cancer.

    If you are in doubt as to your weight loss counting as sudden, large & unexplained, then it probably doesn’t!




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how fast does someone lose weight when they have cancer?

when looking up symptoms of cancer, one of them is weight loss but they don’t say how fast the weight is lost. anyone with a medical background have any idea?

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5 Responses to “how fast does someone lose weight when they have cancer?”

  1. myopiniononly1948 said:

    a large amount in a few weeks or about a month. You just can’t eat and if you do it’s not much. If you think you have something , go to the doctor immediately.

  2. cris said:

    My mother had stage 4 breast cancer, and never lost a pound. Until she had chemo and radiation. And was just to sick and weak to eat. My grandmother who had lung cancer also only lost weight while on chemo, and then it wasn’t very much. And they weren’t the only ones, I had 2 aunts that both had leukemia, and neither lost any weight before their diagnosis.

  3. notalonewithcancer said:

    It varies with the type of cancer and the person. I was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer, never lost a pound until the chemo weakened me and I caught the flu three times in three months.

  4. Max Power said:

    Some chemo treatments have steroids and the cancer patient can gain weight.

  5. Tarkarri said:

    Only some forms of cancer cause weight loss, usually weight loss in cancer patients is a side effect of the chemotherapy.

    If you have had a sudden, large weight loss, unexplainable by diet or exercise, then it may be a symptom of some forms of cancer.

    If you are in doubt as to your weight loss counting as sudden, large & unexplained, then it probably doesn’t!




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