I've just been diagnosed


You're understandably likely to be in shock. However, it's essential you start adopting good nutritional habits now, to give your self the best chance possible.

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There’s a host of reasons why your weight might change while you’re living with cancer. Alterations in your metabolic rate, impaired gastrointestinal absorption, reduced appetite or symptoms that interfere with eating. It's all the more reason to keep eating the right quantities of food with the right nutrients.


Until you start treatment, you won't know what, if any, side effects you may have or how you will feel.



People who maintain their weight during treatment have more chance of a successful outcome from their treatment, plus they’re less likely to experience complications.


Managing Nutritional Status


MAXIMISE STRENGTH FROM NUTRITION
  • Lost weight in the past months? Appetite diminished? You can supplement one or two meals with a nutritionally balanced, high calorie drink. It will provide the nutrients your body needs to help maintain your strength.

ADDRESS DIMINISHED APPETITE AND INCREASE OVERALL FOOD INTAKE
  • Eat smaller amounts, more often and keep snacks handy.

  • Try to make meal moments more enjoyable moments by setting a nice table, with nicely presented dishes.

  • Drink milkshakes, smoothies, juices or soups if you do not feel like eating solid foods. These can provide the protein, vitamins and calories your body needs.

Frequently asked questions


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