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I have lost almost 45 lbs since April- mostly due to constant nausea. Any advice on how/ what to eat to increase calorie intake - I’m starting to look anorexic and although always on slimmer side, this is getting scary 😕

MBC dx last November and have been on Ibrance / faslodex since January. 8 Mets have shrunk 👍🏻But still visible. Exercise/ stretching is hampered by pain as tumor in T7/T8 have compromised vertebrae ( I walk- slowly 😂)

I need to eat yet hard when nauseous- any advice is welcome

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Ask your onc for nausea med! There are many that work well. Eat bland foods like bananas, white rice, applesauce and white bread to start off! Remeron is an anti depressant the boosts appetite and helps with weight gain

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BRAT...used to give to kids when they were recovering from flu. Banana, rice, applesauce, toast. Actually had a cold a few weeks ago—for three days I ordered chicken, rice soup from Chinese restaurant. Some have it on menu, others will make it on request.

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Hiya

Have you tried protein shakes?

When I was first diagnosed I wouldn’t eat and lost about 20 lbs..so I whizzed up bananas and honey into the protein shake..also made with full fat milk..it stopped me losing too much weight

However my not eating was because I was so upset and depressed rather than nauseous

Get your doctor to prescribe an anti emetic

Best wishes

B xx

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Dear Kabe,

Been there -- rapid weight loss in a short amount of time. Scary was exactly how I felt I looked.

Dr.'s advice:

2 Ensure or Boost a day for protein

5 small meals a day

Pudding peanut butter, yogurt, ice crean, mac 'n cheese, creamed soups, canned fruit in heavy syrup,

cheese, protein shakes

I have stopped my downward spiral of weight and have started to gain.

I wish you good luck.

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I have nausea too. I just take Faslodex Ibrance was to hard on Neutrophils. I have put on 6 pounds 129. However I have been eating Rootbeer floats. There are other things more healthy than that. That’s what works for me. I do take medicine for my stomach and tums but doses not work. The more active I’m it gets worse. I can’t sit around so I do what I can and rest if needed. Being nauseous all the time sucks, I hope you find something that helps. Did it start when you started Ibrance and Faslodex?

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Ginger tea helps as do ginger biscuits

B x

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Thanks,the only problem is I don’t like ginger. I know there is no ginger in ginger ale. For some reason I have in my head root beer helps.

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Hello claire, how are doing only on faslodex? You stated you saw shrinkage in tumors, I think that's awesome. We all must hang in there, live for a cure.

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I have had same problem of constant nausea for a year now. I had total brain radiation then IV chemo now on Verenzio and Faslodex. Drug similar to ibrance. You have tried anti nausea meds I presume? Nothing seemed to help me either. Do you have a Palliative Care doctor you can see ? This might be helpful. I have been working with one and he has helped. Things to try, eat anything that seems to agree with you. Take your meds with food. Have you tried a high calorie supplement such as Boost. Do you live where Medical Marijuana is legal. Many people have good response to this. Some people have improvement with use of a medicine such as protonix for GI protection. It is a battle. I only lost 10 lbs but you can’t afford to loose any more. ! Good luck and let me know how it goes. I would definitely see a Palliative Care doctor if you haven’t and have one available

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Could only keep down bland foods, like chicken and dumplings when on chemo, but had no problem with Ibrance/fasoldex, but then again they didn't work for me. Happy they are for you!

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Jaxon2007, hope all is well. What are you taking now and how long have you been Mbc?

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I'm taking Xeloda and will do a zometa infusion every 3 months. It's been almost a year now.

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Sometimes an anti depressant called Remeron helps to increase appetite. Ask your doctor about it.

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Promethazine is awesome for nausea and appetite. Also marijuana will do the same.

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Hi sorry to hear about your current condition. But, I have there is an easy way out. I'm sharing my mom experience.. Try to drink or sip warm ginger water as frequently as possible. Easy to prepare, just put few slices of your fresh ginger into hot water. You may adjust the no of slices according to your taste. It will keep your stomach warm and you will be have appetite to eat. Then try take some hard boiled eggs. Hope these help. Take care.

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My nausea was in first 3 months of Ibrance but this cycle is good. I found taking ondansetron with Ibrance at same time minimized nausea.

There is always Medical MJ as well.

🤗

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Have you tried the ensure fudgesicles? Freeze ensure in small cups with a popsicle stick -- I helps with calories and tastes good.

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Thank you for all the advice on different things to try to eat/ help with nausea. I have been trying to drink at least 1 protein drink - Ensure Enlive( get free from radiation onc) make a protein smoothie every morning to drink on way to radiation ( husband this time, not me)

i am going to try the ginger water - I was using ginger tea and think it was too strong for my stomach. Root beer floats are my go to snack as well! We must keep living and being resilient in spite of the set backs- I have a lot of living to do ( quote from Bye Bye Birdie!)

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I’ve tried several others yet keep going back to Zofran🙂. It helps so I can eat a little , also take tums in between

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Try peppermint tea or essential oil. Just smelling the oils helps me tremendously

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Be sure you’re getting nutrients and vitamins. I’m down about 8 lbs since February. I started Ibrance in April. I’m okay with the weight loss, was trying to drop down a couple pounds.

Juicing is good for the vitamins. I also noticed a pattern of nausea on certain days of Ibrance cycle. I now proactively take the antinausea meds w Ibrance on those days.

MMJ helps w appetite. When I had morning sickness 17 years ago, I ate and drank slim fast. Not to diet but for the nutrition.

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