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Monday, November 1, 2010
Maintaining weight during treatment
Cancer Center oncology nutritionists and guest bloggers, Julia Hincman-Francavilla and Carol Sullivan, provide helpful tips for patients living with and beyond cancer.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important at all times of life, but it becomes more critical and more difficult during cancer treatment. Symptoms of the cancer itself and side effects from treatment – such as nausea, pain and fatigue – can lead to weight and nutrient loss, making the body less able to handle treatment. On the other hand, there are certain cancer therapies that can actually cause undesirable weight gain, which may have negative consequences on overall health. Here are some tips to help patients maintain a healthy weight during treatment.
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In addition to maintaining a healthy weight and nutrient mix during treatment, you can also help your body cope by monitoring protein and liquid intake. Protein and energy needs can be 130-160% higher due to the presence of cancer alone, which alters the body’s metabolism. More protein and calories are needed for greater energy, improved healing, resistance to infection and for a faster recovery from surgery and treatment. Your body also needs adequate fluids every day to prevent dehydration. Keep these tips in mind:
We hope you find these tips helpful. Remember, everyone’s needs are different – ask your oncologist or an oncology nutritionist about what’s best for you.
To make an appointment with an oncology nutritionist, call 617-724-4000.
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