Coping with Weight Gain in Childhood Cancer
Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the overall treatment plan.
Although most individuals lose weight during cancer treatment, some gain weight. Minor increases in weight during cancer treatment are generally not a problem, but significant weight-gain may affect your child’s health and ability to undergo treatment.
Being overweight could also negatively impact your child’s self-image and could lead to them being teased by other children and become a recluse to avoid taunts. This will severely impact on the emotional as well as physical wellbeing of your child, which is not something they need when they are battling cancer.
If weight gain in your child becomes a problem, speak to their Doctor or Oncology Team before starting them on a diet or changing their eating habits. Your child’s medical team can help find out the possible cause of the weight gain and discuss how best to manage it.
Weight gain can generally be managed quite successfully via Diet & Physical Activity modifications, as can fluid retention via various methods.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Weight Gain on our static page, Weight Gain in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 17 August, 2016, in Blog, Side Effects and tagged cancer, cancer cells, cancer treatment, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Little Fighters, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.