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How to Stop Weight Loss During Cancer Treatment

By Elaine Guinan on September 20, 2017

According to the National Cancer Institute, the goal of nutrition in cancer treatment is “to address current cancer- and treatment-related issues, minimize treatment-related side effects, and anticipate and manage acute, delayed, and late-occurring side effects of cancer and/or cancer treatment.”

This is important, as it must be recognized that nutrition will support you through cancer treatment, however there is no diet or food which will cure your cancer. Patients with cancer often have higher nutritional needs than regular patients, and the side effects of their cancer or treatment often means that they are able to eat far less than healthy people.Side effects such as  sore mouth, altered tastes, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are enough to make anyone lose weight. Patients who are malnourished have less energy than those who aren’t, and have more difficulty tolerating treatment.  If this is the case, it is important to make sure you are getting as much nourishment as possible from every mouthful that you do take.

Here are some tips to help:

It is important to note that some weight loss may be inevitable. For example, a person receiving end of life care will naturally lose their appetite, and in this case food should be offered as a option, but never forced upon anyone.

Struggling? Don’t suffer in silence! Speak to your medical team about receiving an assessment from a registered dietitian, who will be able to give you a personalized plan to support you during treatment.

 

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