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Understanding involuntary weight loss

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Published: 11.05.12
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Prof Jane Hopkinson – Cardiff University, UK

The Macmillan Weight and Eating studies surveyed over 300 patients and found that over two thirds of patients have difficulty with family members regarding eating habits and weight loss. Prof Jane Hopkinson led part of the studies and reported two key findings:


1.) The patient’s need to understand what an appropriate diet would be for them while experiencing weight loss.
2.) The need for nurses to support and educate families on how they might support a patient dealing with involuntary weight loss.


The causes for this type of weight loss are the cancer itself, bodily problems such as swallowing difficulties or sore throat, and psychosocial pressures.


Prof Hopkinson stresses the need to move past giving advice and consider the emotions and negative feelings that patients have when they have no control over weight loss.  


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