Weight loss is often associated with treatment and viewed as an inevitable consequence of the disease or its treatment.
While many relatives and healthcare staff consider weight loss to be a normal part of the cancer journey, it can have a major effect on patients’ psychological wellbeing.
The article here explores how weight loss affects people with cancer. The authors note that when weight loss becomes visible, patients, may become distressed.
The reasons for loss of appetite are complex and the article discusses one study that found that, while patients may have an appetite, this often disappeared when they were served food, particularly if in large portions. Nurses need to assess weight loss using a holistic approach and listen to patients’ concerns. This could help to not only improve nutritional intake, but also make eating a more pleasurable experience.