It is difficult to predict what each patient will experience. It depends on where the cancer first began. Each person's response to cancer is different.
"How long do I have?" That's often the first question patients and families ask.
Unfortunately, doctors are only able to give patients and their families an approximate idea of their expected survival duration. It is almost impossible to know a precise time frame for survival.
It can be helpful to know about some signs and symptoms as cancer progresses.
Cancer-related cachexia is a syndrome often seen in advanced cancer when a person has symptoms such as weight loss, loss of muscle, loss of appetite, and weakness.
Cachexia can occur due to changes in your body because of your cancer or because of increased energy needs, decreased appetite, and increased muscle and fat breakdown.
Cancer cachexia is different than regular starvation because it cannot be reversed by eating more.
Focus on the pleasure of eating and tasting food. If tolerated, you may benefit from eating small, frequent calorie dense meals.
For advice on what to do if you are losing weight ask to speak to a registered dietitian
at your cancer centre.
You can also speak to a registered dietitian at Health Link BC
by calling at 811 from anywhere in BC.