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Health and symptom advice

If you have a life-limiting illness you may find the following sections of the website provide useful health and symptom advice.

If you have any concerns about your health or symptoms please contact your GP.

Coping with eating and drinking

When you are feeling unwell you may find that you are unable to eat your usual meals and you may lose weight. This could be due to one or more of the following:

  • Feeling less hungry
  • Feeling full quickly
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dry / sore mouth
  • Taste changes
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain
  • Tiredness

If you or your family / carers are worried about any difficulties you have with eating and drinking please talk to your health care professional who will be able to give you advice and support. There is also information on loss of appetite etc. in the section below (Information about General Health & Symptoms)

The following organisations may also be able to help you with advice about diet for your diagnosed condition:

Macmillan Cancer Support
British Lung Foundation
British Heart Foundation
Parkinson’s UK
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Alzheimer’s Society
Multiple Sclerosis Society

General health and symptoms

This section provides you with information about general health issues and some of the symptoms which may occur if you have a life limiting illness. Some are caused by your condition and others are because of the treatment you are receiving. You may have one or more of these issues or none at all.

If you have any health issues or symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your GP.

Marie Curie Cancer Care leaflets (pdf):

Marie Curie also have other leaflets and film guides available.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support also have a wide range of leaflets available to order (including many different formats such as CDs, Audio tapes and Braille).

Other

 

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    This website has been developed in partnership by NHS and health and social care organisations in Leeds following the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme.
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