Lose weight before chemo treatment?

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Question from Nimi: I may be going for chemotherapy in about 2 weeks. I am about 5-10 pounds overweight. Should I try to lose at least 5 pounds before the therapy?
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. No. Focus on a balanced diet, exercise, and maintain your weight during chemotherapy. Start a sensible weight loss diet after chemotherapy.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Fatigue During and After Treatment featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D., Tish Knobf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about ways to keep up your energy, how nutrition can affect fatigue, and how exercising can help.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2008.

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