Managing Weight Loss

 

Weight loss is a common occurrence among people with cancer. It may be due to the tumor or a side effect of cancer treatment. It can also be the result of anorexia or reduced food intake.

But weight loss is just one affect of the disease. Cancer-related changes in your metabolism can also decrease your appetite which can result in a decrease in your intake of healthy food, make your body burn more calories than usual, and increase breakdown of muscle and fat.

These affects may make you feel more tired than usual, and you may not want to pursue some of your usual activities.

Good nutrition can help. But eating more food, by itself, is not enough. The underlying effects causing the weight loss and other cancer-related changes must be addressed.