Loss of Appetite
Cancer patients often complain about
loss of appetite. This can be caused by the cancer therapy or the cancer itself. In some, the low appetite can
be the result of the side of the treatment: Pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mouth sores, and/or dry
mouth. In addition, anxiety and depression can lead to absence or
lack of appetite in certain cancer victims. Without a proper remedy, the loss of appetite will eventually be
followed by an undesirable weight loss due to inadequate intake of protein and calories.
Most chemotherapy drugs react with the body
chemistry which results in decreased appetite and weight loss. The severity of the appetite problem differs with
different types of cancer and treatments used. The environment and lifestyle of the patient can also play a role.
For instance, patients receive radiation to the head, neck and mouth may have a more serious appetite issue the
fact they have dry mouth and lost their sense of taste.
What You Can Do?
following steps can minimize your cancer and
chemo-induced lack of appetite:
First, talk to a dietitian or your
doctor about means to improve your appetite
Learn to eat even when you do not
feel like to
Drink plenty of fruit and
cruciferous vegetable juice – use a juicer for better preparation
Eat foods high in calories and
proteins capable of giving energy and avoid losing weight
low-calorie foods and all meals that fill you up rapidly
large meals, but eat small meals every two to three hours
heavy meals and any food that cause gas
greasy and/or fried foods
food that is colorful and smell good that stimulate your appetite
necessary, drink Ensure to avoid you losing weight.
Drugs are not
usually recommended for patients having cancer
and chemo-induced lack of appetite. If, however, your problem becomes serious and need medical
medications can be prescribed to you by your doctor:
When to Call
and chemo-induced lack of appetite
does not usually require immediate medical attention. But your doctor help may be necessary in case you experience
the medical conditions below:
pain and/or discomfort
that interferes with your ability to eat or talk
loss of desire to eat
nausea that impacts your ability to eat or take your medications.
to 4 times in a 24-hour period.
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