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I was on high-dose steroids for many, many months. Two other friends, not lung cancer folks, also were taking them. Our joke was that manufacturers should forget listing calorie and nutrient counts for single servings, just list them for an entire bag/package. So, a simple answer is, yes, steroids can increase your appetite.
But, you’ve also been miserable for so long that, in small part, you may also just be hungry.
The constipation is something you should talk to your oncologist about. Each one seems to like a particular approach. And it’s important to get this taken care of so you can be as comfortable as possible! (My go-to constipation fighter is simple: prunes.)
FWIW, I’m a carbo-taxol grrrl and never lost any hair. Like the good patient I (sometimes) try to be, I filled Rx for a drawerful of anti-nausea meds. Nurses told me the order in which to use them, and they said to absolutely take them at the first sign of discomfort. So I did. I wish you much luck.
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