My mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer exactly 1 year ago. She got brachytherapy (an experimental dose) which succeeded and now she is in remission. She also took chemo (pill form). No side effects other than rectal bleeding and loss of blood/transfusions and back pain. Minimal for someone who take chemo and radiation.
Anyway, my question is, she is losing a lot of weight and I know that she is eating more than usual. I'm cooking for her (and I'm a helluva cook!!!!!) -- She eats really good food and even indulges in ice cream sometimes! So it baffles me that she is losing a lot without dieting. She has a huge appetite so we're concerned. I mean, we're gonna go to the doctor next week, but I just wanted to ask if anyone has experienced this. Is it common in older people? Mom's 77, but strong...not frail -- she 'has it together' -- but she has been through a lot this past year.
Please and thank you!