One in three people will develop cancer in their lifetime and almost all of these cancer sufferers will undergo a treatment that significantly impacts their body weight, their appetite, their gastrointestinal function and/or their nutritional requirements. The most effective therapies for treating cancer may bring about some undesirable side effects that impact on a person's quality of life. Some of the nutritionally-focused side effects that may come about include:
- loss of appetite or early satiety during a meal
- a change in the taste of food
- lethargy that impacts on a person's ability to prepare or eat their meals
- a reduced ability to chew or swallow food (following head / neck surgery)
- reflux, vomiting or mouth ulcers that discourage food intake
- loose bowel motions or constipation
- significant and unintentional loss of body weight, musculature and strength.
The side-effects that will result from oncology treatment can vary in different people. Some tolerate treatment well and their dietary intake remains unaffected. In contrast, others, may experience numerous side effects that significantly impacts on their well being, quality of life and their ability to recover from treatment. Being empowered with evidence-based information on eating during oncology treatment allows you to become aware of the strategies that have worked well during oncology treatment in the past. We can take a thorough nutritional assessment and personalise numerous strategies to help you to eat well for your circumstances, strengthen your appetite, minimise any discomforting symptoms and assist in rebuilding your strength.