7 Steps to Prevent Unwanted Weight Loss During Breast Cancer Treatment

Although a loss of appetite can make it hard to eat, it’s important to get enough calories, protein and nutrients. Eating helps strengthen your body.

Your health care provider can help you decide how many calories you need each day.

For most people with metastatic breast cancer, major weight loss isn’t a problem until the cancer is very advanced.



1. Eat small meals and snacks every few hours throughout the day. 



2. Try not to snack too close to meal times to avoid feeling too full before meals.



3. Limit fluids at meals to avoid feeling too full, but drink plenty of fluids at other times of the day.



4. Take high-calorie snacks with you when on the go.



5. Eat your favorite foods more often.



6. Increase the calorie content of meals and snacks with healthy choices by adding oils, avocado, nuts, pesto and natural peanut or almond butter.



7.  Sip on homemade smoothies, milk shakes or prepared liquid supplement drinks (such as Ensure and Boost).  



For more tips on improving nutrition and loss of appetite (including recipes), visit the National Cancer Institute’s website.