Mom diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Need advice on helping her to eat
Hi, I’m pretty new to this group but I’ve seen the support and help you all give each other and I think it’s great. I”m writing today because my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. We are being seen by an oncologist and receiving treatment. Where my sister and I need help is with getting her to eat. to make a long story short, my mother was doing okay until recently when the docs found an arrhythmia and prescribed a blood thinner. Well my mother ate her self up with worry about taking the medicine. She worried so much and she lost a lot of weight. Having lung cancer and losing weight is not a good combination and my problem now is she only eats about 700-900 calories a day. Not enough to gain any weight and certainly not enough sustain yourself. She has always been a petite person but now she is so thin, my sister and are afraid. She doesn’t have enough energy to do anything, she’s constantly so tired. we try to tell her it’s because of lack of nutrition. My sister and I are trying everything to get her to eat enough food in a day. My question is, has anyone experienced this? or have loved one who has gone through this? do you have any suggestions on how to get them eat? open their appetites? what kinds of food might work? I appreciate any thoughts and ideas. My sister and I are at out of our minds with worry. Thank you in advance for your support.
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@kj9– I don't believe that loss of appetite can't be reversed. I believe that the reasons for your mom's loss might be due to a combination of things: fear, chemicals form chemo and radiation side-effects. Once she is finished with her treatments her appetite should return. What are her treatments?
@merpreb, she had about 7 radiation treatments and we are through with that. now she's on oral meds, she takes one pill daily.
@kj9– Radiation can cause a person to lose their appetite. But this also depends on the kind of radiation. Do you know what kind? Has your mom decided not to take her heart meds? Sometimes it's better that she hears things from people other than from family memebers Another question. Perhaps it would help if your mom became memeber on Connect so we could encourage her personally?
Hmm, I don't recall the type of radiation off the top of my head. I know it was focused. no, she takes all of her meds, she' okay with that. I do think it would be great for her to be a member here. I will sign her up this weekend, and I did mention this group to her and I think she would like that. thank you so much
@kj9. No, megace is not a bad thing . We used it frequently in the hospital
Hello my name is shortshot/nancy. I am 88 years old and have two kinks of lung cancer diagnosed January 2016. I have Mesothelioma in my left lung and small cell carcinoma in my right lung. There has been a my red of medications, chemo, immune therapy, radiation and Emotions that has occurred over the past four years. Emotions change the way I eat, when I eat and what i eat. i too have lost weight but i'm holding steady for the time being. You can't worry about your mother, what is happening with her will take its toll whether you worry or not. Please be kind and listen to her. Don't suggest anything that does not help. I have four children, three boys and one girl. my daughter is the youngest and is taking care of my finances but at times she is not kind. Nancy
@kj9. I found this article that might be helpful. It’s on nutrition during cancer care.
Also the American Cancer Society has very good information
@shortshot80– Oh, Nancy I know what that feels like. It's so awful. Is there anyway that you can talk to your daughter and tell her that her meanness is unacceptable? Perhaps a change of legal responsibilities is in order?
@kj9– It sounds like SBRT. I've had that twice and it has worked both times. But I didn't have chemo after. What type of lung cancer does your mom have?
If you try making the drinks into “ice cream “, topping with a small amount of her favorite sundae toppings might help the cause.