|Loss of Appetite|
|Gloria Hagopian, RN, EdD|
|Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania|
| Last Modified: May 7, 2009
Good nutrition is very important during radiation therapy because protein and calories are needed to repair normal cells in the treatment field that have been damaged. Some people lose their appetite during radiation therapy. The causes of loss of appetite (anorexia) are many and varied, and can be due to the effect of therapy, stress, fatigue, site-specific effects of radiation, pain and changes in the usual life style. People who are better nourished generally have fewer and/or less severe reactions to radiation therapy and are better able to tolerate the treatments. Proteins are needed to repair and regenerate the normal cells in the treatment field that are damaged. Calories are needed to give you extra energy.
Good Sources of Protein
1 cup of whole milk ...................... 9 grams
Good Sources of Calories
1 Tablespoon of mayonnaise ..........101 calories
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