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why do you lose weight with cancer

A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
All might: Cancer is an extremely broad term and cancers can affect any part of the body. Cancers are abnormal cells that do not stop growing and can be related ... Read More
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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Many.: Weight loss can be a symptom of many different kinds of cancers. But, usually (not always) weight loss occurs when cancer has spread.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Depends: Usually neither. As cancer progresses, a majority of patients lose weight, but some cause tremendous hunger instead. Any cancer concern is best brough ... Read More
Dr. Martin Tyson
27 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends: Most cancers will tend to make you lose weight as they are catabolic--- however there are some tumors that can lead to weight gain by the shear size o ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
No, not really: Weight loss implies either poor food intake or increased catabolic activity due to metabolic effects of progressive cancer. A cancer pateint doing wel ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Greenfield
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Various reasons: Usually it is because of loss of appetite caused by an ill-defined effect of the cancer. It can also be due to treatment effects such as nausea and p ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Cancer steals: The cancer cells steal the nutrients that your body needs in order to grow the tumor. There are all other sorts of metabolic derangements that contri ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
HCG: FDA warns against use of such. It has cancer potential but dose result in weight loss
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Loss of muscle mass: Yes, loss of muscle is not necessarily linked to cancer; there are lots of possibilities. Hormonal and lifestyle issues can play a role. Please see ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Dr. Kris Gast answered
31 years experience Radiation Oncology
Wt loss thyroid gone: The thyroid regulates your metabolism and if your thyroid medicine is not just right it can be very hard to loose weight. Have your levels checked on ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
See your doctor.: See your doctor to be sure of a diet that lowers risk of cancer and stroke. Stroke is mainly due to a history of hypertension, and atherosclerosis, s ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Eat less: Your doctor should be able to advice you by checking your blood levels. If you need further help, go see a specialist;;;called endocrinologist, who ca ... Read More

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