Doctors know that patients who eat well during cancer treatment are better able to cope with side-effects caused by the treatment.
All the methods of treating cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy (immunotherapy), are very powerful. Although treatments target cancer cells in the body, they can sometimes damage normal, healthy cells at the same time. This may produce unpleasant side effects that cause eating problems.
Loss of appetite or poor appetite is one of the most common problems that occur with cancer and its treatment. Many things affect appetite, including feeling sick (having nausea, vomiting) and being upset or depressed about having cancer. A person who has these feelings, whether physical or emotional, may not be interested in eating.
The patients may find the following suggestions helpful in making mealtimes more relaxed so that they can eat more. The patient’s should:
Patient’s sense of taste or smell may change during the illness or treatment. A condition called mouth blindness or taste blindness may give foods a bitter or metallic taste, especially meat or other high protein foods. Many food will have less taste. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or the cancer itself many cause these problems. Dental problems can also change the way foods taste better. The patients should:
Miss Rajkumari Binapani is a Lecturer–cum-Dietitian at the Central Referral Hospital, Sikkim Manipal University
At Central Referral Hospital, dietitians support people to improve their health by providing expert nutrition and dietary advice. A dietitian can help you manage health conditions, such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart disease, Renal disease, Dialysis, Cancer. The Diet Clinic at Central Referral Hospital also offers customised meal plan and food chart.
Visit: Diet Clinic, Level 3, Central Referral Hospital, Tadong, Gangtok.
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