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Wellness through Nutrition

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Cancer Got Your Appetite?
Try these simple tricks for getting the nutrition you need during cancer treatment.

by Elise Cushman, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Cancer comes with many side effects. Appetite loss is one of them – and a common one at that. In people with cancer, a loss of appetite can stem from the cancer itself; anxiety or depression due to the diagnosis and its treatment; and, of course, cancer treatment, particu­larly chemotherapy and radiation.

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Get Your Digestive Tract Back on Track

by Marie Morande, RD, CSO, LD

No matter what type of cancer treatment you receive – radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery – all of them pose potential side effects. And some of the most common side effects involve the gastro­intestinal tract, also called the digestive tract. Cancer treatment can affect your body’s ability to absorb food, and can cause disruptive gastrointestinal issues. These gastrointestinal complications may include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and sore mouth.

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A Recipe for Getting the Nutrition You Need during Cancer Treatment

by Holly Clegg

Anyone who’s been diagnosed with cancer knows that cancer and the side effects of treatment can affect the body in many differ­ent ways. People undergoing cancer treatment may experience loss of appetite, taste and smell changes, sore throat, diarrhea, consti­pation, and a lack of energy. All these changes can make maintaining adequate calories and nutrition difficult.

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