While people commonly think that cancer patients lose weight because chemo makes them so sick, many patients actually have the opposite problem.
It is true that some people with end-stage cancer get very thin, but, earlier in the course of treatment, many may find themselves surprised by unwanted flab.
Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia has taken on the issue in several programs this winter. One late Monday afternoon will focus on fitness and weight management for cancer survivors.
Obesity is associated with increased risk of developing several cancers, including esophageal, breast, pancreatic, colon, and kidney. Studies have found increased risk for recurrence of prostate and breast cancer in patients who gained weight.