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What is cancer?

Cancer is a disease of the body’s cells. Normally cells grow and multiply in a controlled way, however, sometimes cells become abnormal and keep growing. These abnormal cells can form a mass called a tumour.

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Cancer and weight loss

It’s not uncommon to find you lose weight unintentionally due to the impact cancer and its treatment has on your body.If you are diagnosed with cancer, it may increase the body’s nutritional requirements depending on the type and/or its location in your body. Cancer may also impact your ability to eat and drink what you normally would due to your symptoms, if you have any.

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Common side effects

Coping with cancer is challenging. The associated side effects add another layer of complication when it comes to ensuring your body gets the right amount of essential nutrients at the right time.

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What can you do?

During your cancer journey and its treatment, nutrition has an important part to play. Eating the right kinds of foods during and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. How you nourish your body during this time is something that you can do to look after yourself, with the aim of recovering well so you can continue to live your best life.

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Do you have a lot of unanswered questions around cancer? We understand it can be hard to find the information you’re after in one place, so to make it easier for you we’ve compiled the questions we get asked most about cancer. We put it simply and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.