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Old 01-26-2003, 09:56 PM   #1
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Post What is it about Colon Cancer that causes weight loss?

Why do people with Colon Cancer lose weight? Is it because of vomiting or diahrea or loss of appetite? If someone did not have a decreased appetite, and was not vomiting or did not have diahrea, what would cause weigth loss? Just curious.

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Old 01-27-2003, 12:32 PM   #2
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My mother passed away from colon cancer in May of this year. During the last three to four months of her life she shed a lot of weight. Her doctor offered a couple of reasons: nausea being one and also, since her cancer had spread so extensively, her stomach was full of tumors, therefore making it impossible to hold down significant amounts of food. The cancer itself also absorbs the nutrients from the food so that the person with cancer is no longer benefiting from it but the cancer continues to grow and thrive. Hope this offers some insight!

 
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Old 01-27-2003, 03:27 PM   #3
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I am very sorry to hear of your loss, but had a few more questions I hope could be answered.

Is it possible for someone with colon cancer to have an increased appetite? I have not read this as a symptom, but if cancer were to steal the nutrients from food, would it cause someone to become hungrier as well as the inability to feel full? Also, if cancer does steal the nutrients from food, what would other symptoms be, if any? Finally, how much weight loss is considered significant enough to be related to colon cancer?

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Hi dePaul:

Is you or someone suspects colon cancer, you should see a doctor for a colonoscopy. I certainly would not guage it by weightloss. By the time weightloss occurs, it is probably too late. The weight gain could be possible depending on what medications you were on. It would probably be more like bloating. My mother did not have an increase in appetite. She rarely felt hungry (last 6 or so months). I hope someone else who has experienced or known someone who has gone through this can post a more indepth answer for you. Keep checking the internet for colon cancer symptons. My mother had none at the time she was diagnosed with it. P.S. -- I am not a doctor -- just conveying my personal experience. I wish you the best!!! It's a scary world out there.

 
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Old 01-31-2003, 09:43 AM   #6
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Hi depaul,
A nurse told me that cancer uses everything your body has to nurish itself.
I did eat, but not much. I always felt full. I didn't lose weight til the last 2 months before I was diagnosed (stage IV cc November,2002.) I've always been a thin person but I went down from 123lbs. to 110lbs. in that 2 month period. Then 2 weeks before dx I started vomiting and it didn't stop til I had surgery to remove tumor.
I'm 39 years old so 3 drs never checked me for cancer because I wasn't in the age group to screen for it. Just remember cancer doesn't care how old you are. If you are having problems get checked. my prayers are with everyone.

 
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Future, thanks for the info. May I ask what your symptoms were? I am 27, and just curious (Read my past posts... if you have a couple hours =). Anyhow, I have lost a lot of weight in the past 9 months, but I did so willfully by caloric restriction as well as exercising and weight training. Lately, my appetite has increased, and I have been eating more, but my weight has not really increased, but maybe decreased a little (1-2 pounds a week) Not sure if it matters, but I rarely feel full


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