If you've been diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy agents (medications) will most likely be used to cure the disease, shrink a tumor, prevent the cancer from spreading, or relieve the symptoms of the disease.  This is done through injections, IVs, pills, or indirect injections to fluid around your spinal cord and brain. Regardless of how the chemotherapy is administered, it works by killing fast growing cells. Unfortunately, weight loss is a side effect of the treatment. Learn how to prevent weight loss, put on weight during treatment, and understand the importance of a healthy weight.
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Experts don't yet understand the clinical significance -- if any -- of subtle changes in laboratory values relative to the norms seen in the HIV negative population, nor do they know how much of any given nutrient people with HIV/AIDS need for optimal immune function and overall health. Due to a lack of research on nutritional status in the setting of HIV disease, and because nutritional requirements vary dramatically from person to person, there are few definitive recommendations for nutritional supplementation in the HIV positive population.