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Why Weight Maintenance is important during cancer treatment

Why Weight Maintenance is important during cancer treatment?

May 1, 2020

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Cancer diagnosis is tough and then the treatment which comes with side effects and various other challenges. Well, there is nothing much you can do about side effects like hair loss. But, if you start putting weight then you need to make certain changes. Read the guide, for weight maintenance during cancer treatment.

Weight maintenance undergoing cancer treatment

Before the treatment, our cancer doctor will talk about what kind of nutritional changes you need to make, so that you do not have to deal with weight loss or gain. In most cases, the patient deals with weight loss but weight gain occurs with prostate and ovarian cancer.

Our oncologist will help you prepare a list of food items that are beneficial for you during the treatment and recovery phase. Despite all the efforts, sometimes patients still have weight loss. Chemotherapy treatment results in nausea, mouth sores, trouble swallowing, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and other side effects which can make the eating difficult.

Patients should understand that there will be good days and not so good days. Instead of pushing the patients or nagging will not encourage them to eat, make sure to make them understand everything calmly

Who to make sure you have the right intake of calories?

The patient should eat as much as possible to prevent weight loss. The body needs proteins, fluids, and calories during the treatment. Getting the right amount of calories will help your body to stay nourished. Here are some of the helpful tips:

  • Buy a variety of snacks like dried fruit, roasted nuts, pudding, cheese, sliced fruits, and vegetables.
  • Try dips like mashed avocado, peanut butter, and yogurt with fruits and vegetables.
  • To deal with nausea try food options like ginger ale, tea-like peppermint, lemon, and ginger.
  • Try milkshakes, soft food, fruit smoothies, and popsicles.
  • Try to have small meals during the day.
  • If the doctor advises you to then walk or exercise.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water but not during the meals.

When do you need to take concern about weight loss?

There will be a time when the cancer patient does not feel like eating. The family members or caregivers should offer them a company or read them a book. If the patient is not eating for more than one day, then it is time to seek medical help. Some of the additional signs include:

  • Losing three pounds or more.
  • Having to vomit at times that lasts longer than a day.
  • Pain when eating.
  • No urination in one day or no bowel movement in 48 hours.

Tips to Manage weight gain

  • Minimize salt intake.
  • Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and sodas.
  • Weigh at the same time every day and keep a journal.
  • Limit high- empty-calorie foods, like sweets and ice cream.
  • Be wary of foods labeled like “low-fat” and “non-fat.”