Cancer and cancer treatments can have a negative affect on appetite, create food
aversions and alter the sense of taste and smell. In addition, medications can interfere
with digestion and metabolism. To some, eating may become no longer enjoyable. To
others, it may become a challenge. All of these factors may contribute to weight
loss and poor outcomes4.
Unintentional weight loss is often one of the first noticeable
signs of cancer, however some patients may not even realize their weight loss is
associated with cancer. It is important not to wait for significant weight loss
before taking action. Even a few pounds can indicate malnutrition. Clinical research
has shown that “even small amounts of weight loss (less than 5% of body weight)
may significantly worsen
Minimizing weight loss is essential to ensuring
better treatment outcomes. Patients often find it necessary to adjust their diet
or take nutritional supplements in order to meet their nutritional needs during
cancer treatment. Nourishing your body with healthy calories will help to increase
or maintain your weight.