Gaps in information, support among women who gain weight during breast cancer treatment

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There may be gaps in information and support provision after diagnosis in the areas of weight management, nutrition-related side effects of chemotherapy, and healthy living among women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, a study published in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer had shown.

For the study, researchers sought to explore the experiences, dietary information, and support needs of women who gain weight during chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer as overweight and obesity are associated with reduced self-esteem, other co-morbidities, and an increased risk of cancer recurrence.

Researchers observed three key themes when interviewing 17 women who gained weight: 1) undesirable impacts of cancer treatment on diet and physical activity, 2) surprise and concern related to weight and diet changes, and 3) insufficient dietary education and support.

The authors conclude that "models of dietetic practice and the provision of tailored dietary information should be explored."

Gaps in information, support among women who gain weight during breast cancer treatment
There may be gaps in information and support provision after diagnosis for breast cancer.
This study has described the practical and informational dietary support needs of women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and reasons for dietary change.
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