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Symptom Management: Weight Gain

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Many physicians, scientists, and the public are aware that being overweight or obese, classified by body mass index (BMI) of 25–29.9 kg/m2 and ≥30 kg/m2, respectively, is considered a risk factor for several cancers. It is less well known that post-diagnosis weight gain can be associated with poorer outcomes such as increased risk for recurrence, metastasis, poorer quality of life (QOL), and reduced survival for several types of cancers. Monitoring weight change, considering overall medical history and treatment, is an important component of supportive care. This chapter focuses primarily on weight gain, although some discussion of weight loss is included. We review the evidence describing which cancers and cancer treatments are associated with weight gain and what survivors can do to prevent and treat weight gain during and after cancer treatment. The chapter concludes with directions for future research in the area of weight management in cancer prevention and treatment.

Keywords

  • Weight Gain
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Androgen Deprivation Therapy
  • Weight Management
  • Prostate Cancer Survivor

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