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LACK OF APPETITE AND EXTREME FATIGUE AFTER RADIATION AND TEMODAR (temozolomide) FOR GBM IS THIS COMMON AND WHAT IS TO BE DONE TO HANDLE IT?

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
Family Medicine
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In brief: SX's of cancer RX

Yes, unfortunately, these symptoms often plague patients under treatment for various cancers.
Appetite stimulants can be given for example progestational agents (e.g. megestrol acetate 160-180 mg BID), corticosteroids (e.g. Decadron (dexamethasone) 4 mg/day or prednisone 10-20 mg/day), and cannabinoids (dronabinol 5-20 mg/day). Nausea should be treated as well as pain. A nutritional consult. Exercise as tolerated

In brief: SX's of cancer RX

Yes, unfortunately, these symptoms often plague patients under treatment for various cancers.
Appetite stimulants can be given for example progestational agents (e.g. megestrol acetate 160-180 mg BID), corticosteroids (e.g. Decadron (dexamethasone) 4 mg/day or prednisone 10-20 mg/day), and cannabinoids (dronabinol 5-20 mg/day). Nausea should be treated as well as pain. A nutritional consult. Exercise as tolerated
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine

In brief: GBM

Hi, sorry to hear about your GBM, both GBM and also radiation can cause loss of appetite and fatigue, make sure you don't have Anemia to make your fatigue worse, also depression could cause that which is very common in cancer patients, if u r in pain, treating the pain might help with both, some medication could help to boost ur appetite and fatigue, talk therapy is not a bad idea either.

In brief: GBM

Hi, sorry to hear about your GBM, both GBM and also radiation can cause loss of appetite and fatigue, make sure you don't have Anemia to make your fatigue worse, also depression could cause that which is very common in cancer patients, if u r in pain, treating the pain might help with both, some medication could help to boost ur appetite and fatigue, talk therapy is not a bad idea either.
Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine

In brief: Doing great

Try to stay well hydrated.
Your symptoms are common for patients receiving radiation. If getting extremely weak mention it to your oncologist. Hopefully time will work in your favor.

In brief: Doing great

Try to stay well hydrated.
Your symptoms are common for patients receiving radiation. If getting extremely weak mention it to your oncologist. Hopefully time will work in your favor.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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Dr. Ronald Herring
Anesthesiology

In brief: Temodar (temozolomide)

Unfortunately you are describing a very common side effect of this treatment.
Some people respond well to THC (the active ingredient in marijuana). It can be prescribed in pill form. Talk to your rad doc and press for active treatment.

In brief: Temodar (temozolomide)

Unfortunately you are describing a very common side effect of this treatment.
Some people respond well to THC (the active ingredient in marijuana). It can be prescribed in pill form. Talk to your rad doc and press for active treatment.
Dr. Ronald Herring
Dr. Ronald Herring
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