Maintaining a healthy weight is critical for cancer survivors. While many patients lose weight during cancer treatment, others will actually gain weight. Fluctuations in weight can be due to
- Lack of appetite
- Lack of exercise or physical activity
- Poor dietary choices
The reality is that any cancer treatment—whether chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other medical therapy — can cause you to change your eating habits and activity levels. Hormonal therapies can even cause you to gain weight.
Achieving a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI) is important for your overall health. Try to keep active and eat healthy foods. Drink plenty of water. Above all, don’t go on a rapid weight loss diet, which can trigger other health concerns. Your goal is to eat healthy foods to gain or maintain weight OR start a nutrition plan that results in controlled weight loss.
At the Siteman Cancer Center, we can refer you to certified dietitians that can work with you to develop a healthy, nutritious diet plan. To contact a dietitian, call 314-454-7619.