Anorexia in small cell lung cancer - 1254718

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pattys
Anorexia in small cell lung cancer - 1254718

I have read the articles on anorexia and still need some clarification. Does an extreme loss of weight without eating barriers such as sores, etc., indicate the cancer is progressing? My husband has sclc which was diagnosed 11/11. Has had chemo, WBR and radiosurgery. He will have a chest CT tomorrow and I guess we will know then, but am soooo anxious about it today. Thank you in advance for your comments. Patty

JimC
Reply To: Anorexia in small cell lung cancer

Patty,

How long has it been since your husband had WBR and his other treatments? And does he just not feel like eating, or is he losing weight despite eating? Although progressing cancer certainly could cause extreme loss of weight, some treatments can just cause a lack of interest in eating. After my wife had WBR, she became very fatigued and her appetite was greatly diminished for quite a while, but it did return. So even though your husband's doctor will be interested in any possible symptoms, hopefully the scan will show no progression and another cause for the weight loss can be identified.

My thoughts will be with you.

JimC
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pattys
Reply To: Anorexia in small cell lung cancer

Thank you Jim for responding. He had WBR in July and radiosurgery in January. He has been given Megace, but is determined to eat more.

Dr West
Reply To: Anorexia in small cell lung cancer

Diminished appetite and weight loss can be from many things, but yes, it's often a worrisome symptom of progression of the cancer. However, it's definitely not proof of it, and I hope his scan provides reassurance and, ideally, an explanation that is reversible.

Good luck.

-Dr. West

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Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology
City of Hope Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Founder & President
Global Resource for Advancing
Cancer Education

pattys
Reply To: Anorexia in small cell lung cancer

Saddly, there is disease progression. A PET scan will be scheduled to see the extent before a treatment plan will be recommended. We are fortunate to have an excellent teaching hospital here so we are confident in his medical care. Patty

Dr West
Reply To: Anorexia in small cell lung cancer

I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad that you're confident about the team and am hopeful you'll have a promising plan for next steps soon.

-Dr. West

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Dr. Howard (Jack) West
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology
City of Hope Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

Founder & President
Global Resource for Advancing
Cancer Education