Condition: Cancer-Related Appetite Loss

<h3><span style=”color: #16487b; font-size: 22px; font-weight: 400;”>Appetite loss (anorexia) is common for patients with cancer. Changes in appetite may be secondary to the cancer itself or side effects of treatment.</span></h3><p>In patients with cancer the hormones that regulate hunger become dysfunctional. This may result in appetite loss, altered food preferences, or an earlier sensation of fullness whilst eating.</p><p>Almost all cancer patients will experience some form of change in appetite.</p><p>Management of appetite loss in cancer is an important part of therapy to allow patients to adapt to the challenges of cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.</p>

<p>Cancer-Related Appetite Loss <strong>Treatment</strong></p>

<p>In people with cancer appetite loss can be distressing due to its association with significant weight loss and impairment in function.</p><p>Simple measures can be very affective at helping improve appetite, including: frequent snacking, flexible mealtimes, making meals appealing and fun, and drinking nourishing drinks.</p><p>In addition to these, it is possible to stimulate appetite through medications called steroids (e.g. dexamethasone) and progestogens (e.g. medroxyprogesterone).</p><p>Medical cannabis can be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate symptom control.</p>

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