Tips on weight loss during treatment?

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Question from Rose: What should you do if you lose weight during treatment? I've lost 15 lbs. My doctor does not want me to take vitamins, yet I feel I need something.
Answers - Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. Some women lose weight during treatment, often because of nausea or lack of appetite. If you're not underweight, then the most important thing is to keep as healthy a diet as possible. That means eating a diet that's high in vegetables and fruit and high in protein. If you eat five to eight servings of vegetables and fruit a day, you shouldn't need to take any supplemental vitamins.

Editor's note: See more information on eating to maintain your body weight in Breastcancer.org's Nutrition Section.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Taking Care of Yourself featured Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about exercise and nutrition, and other things you can do to nurture your body, along with strategies for finding emotional support, boosting your mood, and feeling good again.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2003.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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