Weight loss can be divided into two categories: intentional and unintentional. Intentional weight loss can be a result of someone trying to lose weight through food choices or movement.

But often, in cancer treatment, we see unintentional weight loss, or weight loss without someone trying, sometimes due to increased stress. This type of weight loss can also result in increased fatigue, decreased strength and quality of life, regardless of your starting weight at the beginning of treatment.

A dietitian can provide suggestions and help you brainstorm ideas to increase your nutrition at a time when eating is difficult.

There are also newer medications available that are promising treatment options for weight loss than can be associated with advanced cancer.