Nutrition and weight management is especially important during cancer treatment, but loss of appetite is a common symptom of many therapies. This can simply feel like a lack of hunger or lack of interest in eating, or can be associated with other symptoms. Constipation, pain, nausea, depression, and anxiety can all contribute to lack of appetite from treatment, and the care team should be alerted of any of these additional symptoms.
There are many tactics for coping with loss of appetite, and each patient often has a unique combination that works for them. To find what works, it can be helpful to keep track of all of the food eaten during the day and count the calories for each item, along with weight tracking.