How should I eat if I have a decreased appetite from cancer treatment?

Follow these tips when eating if you have anorexia (loss of appetite) after cancer treatment:
  • Eat the foods you like the most.
  • Eat 6 small meals throughout the day, including a snack at bedtime, rather than 3 larger meals.
  • "Power pack" your food by adding butter, cheese, or other high-calorie ingredients.
  • Drink high-calorie, high-protein supplements such as Carnation Instant Breakfast or Ensure.
  • Eat soft, cool, or frozen foods.
  • Eat as much as you can when you're feeling well.
  • Ask your doctor about appetite stimulants.

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