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Check your nutritional status
There are a whole range of side effects associated with cancer treatments. Every patient and the therapy received are unique and individual so it is not to say you will have all or perhaps even any of these side effects. Nonetheless, you are still at risk. All kinds of therapy like surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy affect you and your nutritional status as they interfere with the body’s ability to digest, absorb or properly metabolise nutrients from food. When your body does not get enough essential nutrients and energy, malnutrition occurs.
It is therefore particularly important to recognise the first signs of malnutrition at an early stage, and counteract the nutrient depletion by taking appropriate measures. So how can you assess your nutritional status?
Your nutritional status and diagnosis of an inadequate diet can be undertaken by the doctor treating you, on the basis of a variety of tests and a thorough medical history. The checklist for inadequate nutrition can provide you with the first indications of a possible risk.
Watch out for warning signs
- Unintentional weight loss in the past 3 – 6 months
- Feeling tired all the time
- Weak muscles
- Side effects from therapy influencing food intake, e.g. pain or dryness in mouth or throat, nausea, diarrhoea
BMI: Body mass index and nutritional status
With the measurement of the BMI it is evaluated if our body weight is appropriate. Our BMI check will quickly provide you with information about the ratio between your height and weight. Together with the checklist, this information will serve as the basis for a medical consultation and to find out if your food intake meets your needs.