Maintaining Good Nutrition During and After Treatment
Maintaining a healthy diet can help you prepare for and recover after cancer treatment. It may also help to prevent the prostate cancer from coming back. Watching your weight may reduce your risk of dying from prostate cancer. Recent studies have indicated that the risk of dying from prostate cancer is more than double in obese men diagnosed with the disease compared with men of normal weight at the time of diagnosis. Obese men with local or regional disease have been shown to have nearly four times the risk of their cancer spreading beyond the prostate or metastasizing.
Prostate cancer treatment may affect your appetite, eating habits, and weight, but it is important for you to maintain a healthy weight, get essential nutrients, and remain as physically active as possible. If you have difficulty eating due to side effects from treatment, there are ways to make eating more comfortable. Working with a registered dietician/nutritionist (RDN) can help make sure you are getting the nutrition you need.
Unfortunately it is possible for side effects from surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy to cause you to lose your appetite, eat less and loose weight. On the other hand, some treatments, such as androgen deprivation therapy may cause weight gain for some men.