Staying the same weight

Ideally, you should stay at the same weight you were before you had cancer, but you may find it difficult to maintain your weight during treatment. If you were a little overweight before you had cancer, you might think that it will not hurt to lose a few kilos. However, losing weight during treatment can be harmful. The effects of your cancer and of reduced activity may be that this weight is lost from muscles rather than from fat stores. If you maintain your weight, it can help you recover better from the effects of cancer and its treatment.

If you are losing weight, include frequent meals and snacks in your diet. Also include some of the high energy foods listed in the following pages.

You should talk to your nurse, cancer doctor, or radiation therapist if you are concerned about your weight: they can arrange an appointment with a dietitian.

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