- A Guide to Chemotherapy
- Learning about chemotherapy treatment
- A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse
- Should I get a second opinion?
- Where will I get chemo?
- How will the chemo be given to me?
- What are clinical trials?
- Can I take other medicines while I’m getting chemo?
- How will I know if the chemo is working?
- How do I give my permission for chemo treatment?
- Chemo safety
- Will I be able to work during chemo treatment?
- Chemo side effects
- Fatigue from cancer treatment
- Hair loss from chemotherapy
- Increased chance of bruising, bleeding, infection, and anemia after chemotherapy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other chemo side effects and tips to manage them
- Constipation caused by chemo
- Diarrhea caused by chemo
- Mouth, gum, tongue, and throat problems during chemo
- Nerve and muscle problems caused by chemo
- Skin and nail changes caused by chemo
- Urine changes and bladder and kidney problems during chemo
- Weight gain during chemo
- Other questions you may have about chemotherapy
- When to call your doctor about side effects from chemo
- Sex, fertility, and chemotherapy
- Thoughts, emotions, and chemo
- Paying for chemo treatment
- More information from your American Cancer Society
Weight gain during chemo
Some people put on weight during chemo. We aren’t sure why this happens.
Whether you gain weight or not, good nutrition is very important during treatment. People who eat well cope with side effects better and are better able to fight infection. Their bodies can also rebuild healthy tissues faster.
Eating well during chemo means choosing a balanced diet that contains all the nutrients your body needs. You should include foods from each of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; poultry, fish, and meat; cereals and breads; and dairy products. You also should take in enough calories to keep your weight up and, most importantly, enough protein to build and repair skin, hair, muscles, and organs.
You also may need to drink extra fluid to protect your bladder and kidneys during your treatment.
To learn more, please see Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families and Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment: Answers to Common Questions. Both can be read online or call us for free copies.
Last Medical Review: 08/11/2014
Last Revised: 08/24/2014