Why Watch your Bodyweight During Cancer Treatment?

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
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Dawn Johnson, USAA former executive council member, has more than two decades’ worth of experience in insurance and financial services. A firm believer in giving back, Dawn Johnson has supported the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to improve the quality of life of patients diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma by offering them free information and support. It recently published an article explaining why weight loss is a red flag for cancer patients.

Body weight is a measurement closely monitored by doctors in the course of cancer treatment. Changes in body weight offer insight into the side effects of cancer, the progress of your treatment plan, and your body’s continuing treatment needs. Unchecked weight loss can lead to treatment delays, decreased treatment progress, reduced germ resistance, and an overall lower quality of life. Strategies that can help you maintain a healthy weight during cancer treatment include:

1. Tackling nutrition problems directly. These problems may include difficulty swallowing, constipation, or dry mouth. Consult your medical team to quickly address these issues.

2. Fixing eating times. Eat small meals throughout the day in two- to three-hour intervals. Alternatively, you can carry a snack to eat when you are feeling hungry.

3. Consuming more calories. Add high calorie condiments such as vegetable oil, margarine, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, and cream to your food.

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Author: Dawn Johnson of San Antonio

A well-regarded entrepreneur and corporate consultant, Dawn Johnson leverages more than 20 years of experience as a high-level executive toward her role in helping CEOs and senior managers to implement business strategies for reorganization and growth. As the founder and CEO of DMJ Consulting in San Antonio, Texas, Ms. Johnson previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Automobile Association (USAA). She led the Fortune 200 company to achieve a nearly 95 percent customer satisfaction rating while simultaneously encouraging growth and development across all divisions. Dawn Johnson utilizes a wide range of abilities that extend across several different elements of business. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University in 1984, Dawn Johnson joined USAA’s marketing team soon afterward. She spent nearly 15 years with the company’s marketing division, where she oversaw development and integration of marketing plans for the USAA Real Estate Company and the La Cantera Development Company. Working in several managerial roles within the department, Ms. Johnson advanced to President and CEO of USAA’s Financial Planning Services (FPS) unit in 2001. During her two-year tenure, she focused on implementing strategic development and rebranding initiatives aimed at better positioning FPS in the market and changing the company’s public appearance from that of strictly an insurance agency to a comprehensive financial services and products firm. With her turnaround strategies at FPS considered a success, Dawn Johnson advanced to President and CEO of USAA’s Alliance Services division in 2003. Ms. Johnson spearheaded negotiations with USAA’s Alliance partners, ultimately leading to the creation of more product and service discount opportunities for customers and a growth in client satisfaction levels. In 2004, Dawn Johnson was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of USAA. As the primary marketing executive at USAA, Ms. Johnson expanded her skill set even further by developing and growing the company’s retention programs and creating stronger collaboration between the marketing and operations teams. Residing in San Antonio, Texas, Dawn Johnson maintains an active lifestyle by reading, hiking, scuba diving, and working out in her leisure time. A travel and wine enthusiast, Ms. Johnson enjoys combining both interests during her vacations.

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