Phase IV: Living with Advanced Cancer

Phase 4: Living With Advanced Cancer

Nutrition is an important factor in establishing and maintaining a sense of well being and quality of life in survivors with advanced cancer. Although advanced cancer is often accompanied by substantial weight loss, malnutrition and weight loss are not inevitable. 8-11

In addition to adapting food choices and eating patterns to meet changing nutritional needs, effective management of symptoms and side effects, such as pain, constipation, and loss of appetite, can help promote optimal nutrition support.24

Various medications and physical activity can help to increase appetite,25 and, if needed, nutritional support can be provided in other ways for those who cannot eat enough.26, 27

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