The Role of Nutrition Support in Patients with Cancer
November 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 11 - Page #6

It is not uncommon for patients with cancer to experience loss of appetite throughout the care continuum, leading to weight loss and malnutrition. With prolonged malnutrition, the risk of cancer-induced cachexia is increased. Several factors can lead to malnutrition, including disease, chemotherapy treatment, and psychosocial issues. Throughout treatment, patients are likely to experience any of the following side effects: loss of appetite, constipation and/or diarrhea, dry mouth, lactose intolerance, nausea/vomiting, sore throat, taste changes, and/or cancer-related weight gain. All of these factors can contribute to weight loss and malnutrition.

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