Food plays an important role in our lives and it can be common during times of illness or treatment to experience difficulties eating. Some people find that they lose their appetite and may lose weight. Other people may have side effects like a sore mouth or diarrhoea due to the chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Good nutrition is important in preventing weight loss, helping fight infections and repairing normal tissues which may be damaged due to certain treatments.
If you are experiencing any difficulties eating then please discuss these with the nursing or medical team. They can then refer you onto a dietitian if appropriate for advice and support through this time. In addition the booklet titled “Nutrition During Your Treatment” can be accessed at the bottom of this page which has some advice on how to deal with the side effects you may be experiencing.
Eating problems are often only temporary following treatment and then you can return to a normal healthy diet which the booklet can also guide you through.
“Registered Dieticians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices” (BDA).