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  • #94025
    positivity
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    A simple recommendation which helps my mom is chewing on ginger and spitting it out after each meal. Hopefully, this is helping prevent stomach aches and nausea. It also has several other health benefits. Think about foods that are gentle to the GI system. She must have a supplement twice a day so she gets all her vitamins and minerals due to her decreased appetite.

    #94033
    marions
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    Alikemal….a psychologist may prove of great help. Please make an appointment for her.

    The goal of nutrition therapy for patients who have advanced cancer is to help with the patient’s quality of life. Please refer to this link: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/appetite-loss/nutrition-pdq

    Additionally, we have a thread designated to Complementary & Alternative Treatments can be found here: http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb/viewforum.php?id=23

    Hope this information helped, dear Alikemal.

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    #94032
    alikemal
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    thank you marions

    what do you think about dietary and nutritional supplements ?

    There are hundreds of options to choose, from vitamins to minerals to weight loss pills, herbs, botanicals and etc.

    #94031
    marions
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    A bit more about cachexia: Cancer cachexia cannot be easily reversed by increasing caloric intake and is distinct from starvation and age-related loss of fat-free mass.
    Read more: http://www.cancernetwork.com/oncology-journal/evolving-approach-management-cancer-cachexia?GUID=F0B4FECE-59A0-4A23-99C1-DA933C290DEA&XGUID=&rememberme=1&ts=02022017

    #94030
    alikemal
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    THank you all

    #94029
    alikemal
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    thank you.
    she likes to eat yogurt.

    she starts to cry everyday. Is it worth to take her to psychologist ?

    #94028
    marions
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    Alikamel… you may want to speak with the physician about “Cachexia”, which is a wasting syndrome. In our case, it is a symptom of response to malignant growth i.e. advanced cancer. Patients lose weight, the muscles atrophy, they are fatigued, weak with significant loss of appetite. As far as I know it occurs in 80% of people with advanced cancer.

    I think it’s all about comfort, dear Alikamel. Is there something in particular your Mom likes to eat?

    Not sure about your conversations with the physician, but I would ask his/her opinion regarding your Mom’s decline.

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    Marion

    #94027
    positivity
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    I agree to smaller portions throughout the day. Make sure, if possible to feed your mom nutritious foods. Can you make fresh smoothies? These can be a veggie/fruit combination or vegetable juice? I would recommend to stay away from dairy, but can use substitutes such as almond milk. My mom eats smaller portions throughout day, this can include veggie juices, salads with variety of ingredients, salmon, nuts, eggs, bread, and of course choose some of her favorites. Lemon water helps with chewing on ginger. Again, it’s individual choice and your mom may be sensitive and allergic to foods mentioned above, so use your judgment. These are only a few suggestions. A few bites every hour is better than forcing a full meal at one setting.

    #94026
    lainy
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    Hello Ali, we have found that instead of full meals to have a patient “graze” all day long on small portions. They do not want to eat, they have no energy, and when they see a large plateful of food it can turn them off. Smaller plates of food more often may work better. I made a lot of comfort food for Teddy like homemade soups, eggs, pasta, mac & cheese, stewed chicken or chicken from the soup. Even buttered noodles. They also loose their taste for sweet things. We also have great nutrient drinks here like Boost and Carnation Instant Breakfast. Teddy loved the vanilla instant breakfast and I would blend in a banana. These drinks can be had at each meal or in place of a meal. Remember that small amounts more often may work better. Best of luck with this, I know it is a difficult time.

    #12981
    alikemal
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    My mother who is 70 years lost 26.4 pounds in 1 year (12 kilos).
    She is 110 pounds and has Malnutrition.
    She has abdominal swelling and ascites in the abdominal cavity.

    She uses 2 bottles of calorically dense medical nutritional / dietary supplement.

    She can not gain weight. She starts to hate eating normal food.

    what can we do to improve her nutrition?
    what can she eat ?

    Thank you in advance.

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