Malnutrition in Cancer Patients

Posted on 27 Jul 10:52

Malnutrition in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments often suffer a variety of medical problems affecting their ability to eat adequate amounts of food. Nausea, vomiting, alterations in smell and taste and abdominal discomfort can all lead to decreased appetite and the negative effects of malnutrition. Exacerbating these side effects of cancer therapy are psychological issues such as depression and anxiety that further contribute to an ongoing disinterest in food. Adequate nutrient and calorie intake is essential for cancer patients to maintain satisfactory functioning of their immune systems. In fact, malnutrition not only affects most cancer patients but also contributes to 20 to 30 percent of cancer-related deaths, making cancer nutrition one of the most important factors in being able to complete necessary treatments and experiencing long-term remission.

Signs of Malnutrition in Cancer Patients

  • Inability to maintain healthy weight
  • Brittle, dry nails and hair
  • Pigmented, pale or bruised-looking skin
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Weakness (anemia) and overwhelming fatigue
  • Poor reflexes
  • Liver or spleen enlargement
  • Electrolyte and fluid imbalance

Avoiding Malnutrition with Health Care Nutrition for Cancer Patients

In severe cases of malnutrition, nutritional intervention involves tube feedings that contain high-calorie solutions rich in protein and vitamins. However, taking a proactive approach to avoiding malnutrition is naturally preferable and healthier for the patient. Physicians recommend the following to help cancer patients undergoing treatments maintain healthy weight numbers:
  • Dietary counseling
  • Eating small meals and snacks frequently
  • Concentrating on protein-rich foods (cheese, chicken, whole milk, fish) and high-calorie snacks (milkshakes, peanut butter, puddings)
  • Drinking protein supplements, such as Ensure or Sustacal
  • Reducing oral pain that inhibits appetite (if applicable) by eating frozen foods and using baking soda to brush teeth instead of toothpaste

Nutritional Weight Gain Supplements for Cancer Patients

SupliMed® Substi-meal, Boost VHC, Juven and Nestle Impact are natural, nutritional supplements specially made to counteract cancer weight loss as well as weight loss in elderly people. Containing just the right amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that address malnutrition symptoms due to appetite loss, these delicious supplements can also help you gain one or two pounds a week, depending on your metabolism rate and other factors.

5 Great Benefits of Supplemental Health Care Nutrition for Cancer Patients

  • Contains no cholesterol

  • Can be consumed as a substitute meal or in between regular meals as a nutritious snack

  • Increases energy, improves immune system strength and may even help reduce side effects of cancer treatments

  • Convenient to drink at any time and available in several flavors

  • Effective as dietary management supplements that can minimize postoperative complications and improve clinical outcomes

SupliMed® Substi-meal, Boost VHC, Juven and Nestle Impact contain all-natural ingredients for gaining weight and for helping maintain healthy weight goals. Ingredients found in these high-quality health supplements include omega-3 fatty acids, canola oil, isolated soy protein, vitamin E, C, B6, B12, D3 and K1, iron, folic acid and numerous minerals essential for preventing malnutrition, boosting immune system responses to infections and improving quality of life for all cancer patients and infirm elderly people.


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A. After gaining weight, your body requires enough calories and nutrients to support and maintain the weight. These calories can come from a variety of foods, not just from SupliMed Substi-meal. Many of those who have gained their weight have kept a tub of SupliMed on hand to have as a periodic shake to make up for some lost meals and over-active days that burn more calories