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Appetite Loss and Taste Changes

Enteral Feeding
Enteral Feeding Symptom and description When weight loss or lack of appetite become severe, nutrition supplements can be given. These supplements provide protein, vitamins, and other nutrients your body needs for energy. If you are unable to take these supplements by mouth, special tubes can be placed that allow you to receive the necessary nutrients without eating or drinking. The types of special tubes are: Nasogastric tube. A tube that goes from the nose down the esophagus to the stomach. Gastrostomy...
Parenteral Feeding
Parenteral Feeding Symptom and description When weight loss or lack of appetite becomes severe, nutrition can be given right into a vein. This allows you to get the protein, vitamins, and other nutrients your body needs for energy. This special nutrition solution can be given into an implanted port, a tunneled catheter, or any other long-term catheter placed in a large vein. Nutrition like this may be needed if you cannot tolerate food by mouth or your bowel needs to rest. Learning needs You will need t...
Appetite Stimulation
Appetite Stimulation Loss of appetite is a loss of the desire to eat. Not eating can lead to weight loss. Weight loss can cause weakness and fatigue, which affect your ability to perform normal activities. Proper nutrition also helps your body prevent and fight infection. Weight loss or lack of appetite may be due to the cancer or sometimes to treatments for the cancer. Learning needs You will need to learn the possible causes for loss of appetite and inform your healthcare provider of the signs. You sh...
Taste Changes
Taste Changes Symptom and description Change in taste can be a change in the sensation of sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. A change in the way foods taste may cause a dislike for foods, which may lead to lack of appetite or weight loss. The taste buds are affected by the cancer or its treatment. Learning needs You will need to learn the possible changes in taste sensation and inform your doctor if a lack of appetite occurs. The following are possible changes in taste you could experience: Foods are not sw...