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.