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Nutrition During Treatment

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"Even as you begin treatment, be sure you continue to focus on good nutrition. Several factors may contribute to nutritional changes during treatment – including side effects from the treatment itself, the emotional impact of your diagnosis and even the influence of friends and family – making a healthy diet all the more important.

Some patients experience weight loss during treatment, often due to an inability to eat or from other side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Others may gain weight during treatment, sometimes as a symptom of certain types of chemotherapy or from overeating due to stress. In addition, loved ones may encourage you to eat more food and more often, and friends and family delivering food may opt for fattening casseroles and comfort foods, which can also lead to unhealthy weight gain. While this may be a time for “cheating” on your diet, especially if you’re having trouble keeping weight on, it isn’t a time to abandon good nutrition and risk unhealthy weight gain.

Instead, dietitians recommend maintaining your weight during treatment, so adjusting your nutrition plan to effectively manage any of these changes will be important. A dietitian can help you develop a nutrition plan specifically for your needs as well as help you manage any side effects you may experience that could impact your eating habits."

Read more:  https://www.patientresource.com/Nutrition_During_Cancer_Treatment.aspx?utm_source=Copy+of+080918&utm_campaign=080918&utm_medium=email 

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