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A poor appetite can be a side effect of cancer, treatment or medication. Being stressed or anxious can also affect your appetite.

Useful tips:

  • Keep to a regular eating pattern even if you do not feel hungry. Aim for ‘little and often’, having regular small meals and snacks

  • If your appetite is better at certain times of the day, take advantage of this and eat a little more

  • Serve smaller portions on larger plates to avoid feeling overwhelmed. You can always go back for more!

  • Have a range of ready prepared foods and snacks on hand, such as tinned, frozen or packet foods

  • Cook extra portions of meals in advance and store in the freezer for convenience

  • Treat yourself to your favourite foods

  • Having drinks at mealtimes may fill you up. Try drinking nourishing fluids between meals

  • Try eating meals with friends or family as this may encourage you to eat more

  • Fresh air and gentle physical activity such as a short walk can help stimulate your appetite.

If you are losing weight, contact your Specialist Nurse, Dietitian or Doctor.

This information is for general advice only. If you have been advised to follow a special diet then continue with this. For further advice speak to your Doctor, Nurse or Dietitian.


Last updated 2012