Ways to boost appetite while on chemotherapy?

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Question from MarthaB: I have metastatic breast cancer and am on chemo a lot of the time. Well, an acquaintance of mine has a catered dinner every Christmas and the courses just keep coming out. The chemo really takes away my appetite sometimes, so I try to force feed myself to be polite. Is there any way I can boost my appetite if this happens again??
Answers - Larissa Korde That's a really hard question. There are medications that are used in oncology that are used to stimulate appetite, but not specifically in the case of one particular meal. So, I don't know of anything specific that can be used on that kind of a short-term basis.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. The current trend especially in gourmet dining is not large portions of anything but is tasting and very small portions of every single food item. And so maybe the host of this particular party could adjust the serving sizes to be very small, and let those who wish have extras if available. In this case, you would not look or feel any different than the rest of the guests.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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