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How have your eating habits changed since diagnosis?

11 Jun 2019 16:39

It’s Healthy Eating Week and this year the British Nutrition Foundation has given us five challenges to complete including having breakfast and eating five helpings of fruit and veg every day.  

Campaigns like this have contributed to a shift in attitude, which has affected our diets dramatically in the last decade. Last year it was estimated that there are over 540,000 vegans in the UK, up from 150,000 in 2006.

While the general public has a rethink about what goes on their plate, people with cancer don’t have a choice since treatment and the cancer itself can force them to manage their diet in a completely new way or lose appetite altogether.

We have some guidance on how cancer treatment can change appetite, but we want to know how this has affected you personally.

How have your eating habits changed since diagnosis?

1 Jul 2019 11:11 in response to Moderator Anastasia

Hi - I realise that my answer is probably not apt at this moment of time but thought it may be of interest to you nonetheless.  I had a good appetite up until two days ago when the doctor phoned to say they had found cancer in two lymph nodes.  It is early days yet but since then I have only managed a bit toast as I am sick with worry about ... not knowing.  Not knowing what kind of cancer; not knowing if it is contained within the lymph nodes or whether this is the secondary location ... the knot in my stomach from not knowing and waiting for more appts/scans has killed my appetite for now.  I hope it picks up as I realise not eating is not the way to go.

How have your eating habits changed since diagnosis?

1 Jul 2019 14:08 in response to Moderator Anastasia

I've not changed my eating habit since diagnosed, but had to change before diagnosis found i was being sick a lot turned out to be hiatus hernea, so have to eat less or it comes back. Big shame i like my food, 


How have your eating habits changed since diagnosis?

9 Sep 2019 19:10 in response to Billygoat

Since finding out that I have  prostate  cancer and losing my wife also I have been comfort eating  the tablets I take also increase  my hunger eating microwave  meals