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Living with and beyond cancer can have a significent impact on somebody's appetite and weight. It is common to lose weight prior to being diagnosed and a lot of treatments for cancer can cause further weight loss. Some of these treatments e.g. radiotherapy may also have lasting effects once they have finished, so it's important to keep an eye on your weight.

For advice to help with unplanned weight loss and poor appetite, please see the poor appetite section.

For advice regarding some nutrition related issues e.g. dry mouth, taste changes, reflux, please see the related links to the right of this page page.

If you are experiencing swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia), please see our swallowing difficulties section.

If you would like further support regarding your general wellbeing the Macmillan Join the Dots team are able to offer a wide range of support regarding finances, physical health and emotional wellbeing: Homepage | Macmillan Joining the Dots

CDDFT also have a dedicated cancer services support website, including a more detailed section about nutrition changes you can make before starting cancer treatment known as "prehabilitation".

If you have been encouraged to follow a "low residue" diet then please speak with your hospital team and/or ask to be referred to a dietitian.

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