I’m not sure how much help I’ll be as I was only diagnosed in July so still fairly new to this. I have changed my diet to avoid dairy, sugar, alcohol, processed foods and minimise meat. For me I’m being strict at the moment to try and help give the treatment a kick start but no doubt if things start to look more positive then I’ll probably relax my diet a little.
I have lost weight but I think that’s the initial change to my diet, especially the lack of wine!! Fortunately my appetite hasn’t been impacted too much since I stopped the chemo. I guess it’s trying to eat little & often if u can, your stomach has probably shrunk a lot as you haven’t been able to eat so it’s trying to stretch it gradually if you can. There are still Good fats you can have avocados, nuts etc which may help increase your calories without having sugar or bad fats if you’re avoiding them.
hope you find something that works xx
Thanks for your reply Nicky I have got su[[lement drinks from doctor but I try not to take them as I am scared they will just fuel the cancer I do try to keep to a low fat diet like it says in the How to Starve Cancer book by Jane McLelland but past 4 days I have eaten what I have wanted but no weight increase that is why I was interested to hear what other SBC sufferers ate . Thanks for your reply Nicky take care x
Hi Gina, wow that is a big weight loss. I have previously lost weight at certain times of my time of living with SBC, mainly due to stress, luckily my appetite has returned once I know a treatment is working. I have noticed that I have gained weight whilst on hormone treatments and lost weight whilst on chemo. At the moment the treatment I’m on, an inhibitor drug,has caused my appetite to reduce a lot. I try to eat more earlier in the day when my appetite is bigger but by the evening I’m eating a much smaller portion than I used to. I’ve also noticed that I don’t fancy certain foods nowand can be very particular about what I want to eat. One of the side effects of this drug is a loss of appetite, as with a lot of treatments according to their fact sheets, but this is the first time I’ve really noticed it. Your dietician should be able to give you high energy supplements like drinks particularly if you don’t want to eat much, maybe ask them for more help if you struggle eating ‘normal’ foods?
I would like to know if everyone with secondary breast cancer has a normal appetite and also do they just eat what they want or cut out certain foods,I am asking because I have no appetite and I am losing weight every day feb 2020 12st 4oz oct 2020 8 st 10 oz I am forcing myself to eat but I cannot eat big portions. I have been told by a nutritionist to try to keep to a low fat diet but I have recently been eating bread sweets and crisps I was also told by nutritionist to cut out dairy so I have been having porridge in morning with unsweetened coconut milk but I am fading away quickly I amh HER2 + or/PR- any tips would be appreciated also curious about other sbc appetites and what they eat thabks for any help .