I’m 46 and was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August and have completed 4 rounds of FLOT chemo a few weeks ago and am waiting for scan/MDT meeting to get a date for my surgery, it will either be a full or partial gastrectomy.
I was fit prior to diagnosis, 9 stone 10 only 5ft 2 but was quite lean because of my gym regime, with stress and chemo I lost a stone and a half, however managed to gain a little weight back with each chemo and have now 3 weeks post chemo am at 9 stone 6, although feel very uncomfortable because it is just fat as I haven’t been exercising much due to exhaustion. My question is, should I continue to gain weight knowing I’m very likely to lose a fair amount after surgery? I just feel so unfit and wondering if I’m doing the right thing? I’m eating lots of fats and carbs (and sweet things) should I be eating more protein and trying to gain muscle, wondering what will be more beneficial to recovery? Many thanks for any advice.