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Proper Nutrition During Osteosarcoma Treatment

It is important to eat well during and after treatment for osteosarcoma. Eating well may help patients feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be hard, especially during or soon after treatment, when patients may be uncomfortable or tired. Side effects may include:
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea.
In addition, food may taste different than it did before treating the cancer. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to deal with these problems.

Clinical Trials

Before starting osteosarcoma treatment, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is an osteosarcoma research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for the disease. When clinical trials show that a new option is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard.

The Importance of Follow-up Care

Follow-up care after treatment for osteosarcoma is important. Even when there are no longer any signs of cancer, the disease can return if undetected cancer cells remain somewhere in the body. During follow-up care, the doctor will monitor the patient's recovery and check for recurrence of the cancer.
Checkups help ensure that any changes in the patient's health are noted and treated if needed. Between scheduled visits, patients should contact their doctor if they have any health problems.
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