Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Poor appetite, difficulty swallowing, weight loss and weakness often accompany esophageal cancer. These symptoms may be compounded by cancer treatments and by the need for a liquid diet, tube feeding or intravenous feeding during the course of treatment.

Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian, who can help you find solutions to dealing with difficulty eating or a loss of appetite. In the meantime, try to:

  • Choose easy-to-swallow foods. If you have trouble swallowing, choose foods that are soothing and easy to swallow, such as soups, yogurt or milkshakes.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones.
  • Keep nourishing snacks within easy reach. If snacks are readily available, you're more likely to eat.
  • Talk to your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplements. If you haven't been eating as much as you normally would or if your usual foods are restricted, you could be deficient in a variety of nutrients.
May. 12, 2011