Nutritional care of cancer patients: a survey on patients’ needs and medical care in reality.

Auteur(s) :
Huebner B., Maschke J., Kruk U., Kastrati K., Kleeberg J., Buchholz D., Erickson N.
Date :
Fév, 2017
Source(s) :
Int J Clin Oncol. #22:1 p200-6
Adresse :
Working Group Integrative Oncology, Dr. Senckenberg Chronomedical Institute, J.W. Goethe University, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 60590, Frankfurt, Germany. huebner@med.uni-frankfurt.de

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PURPOSE:

Cancer patients represent a patient group with a wide-range of nutrition related problems which are often under-recognized and undertreated. In order to assess the status quo of nutritional care in Germany, we conducted a survey among patients with different types of cancer.

METHODS:

A standardized questionnaire was distributed online by two national umbrella organizations for self-help groups.

RESULTS:

1335 participants completed the questionnaire. 69 % of the participants reported having received information on nutrition and/or specific nutrition-related symptoms. Most often this information was derived from print media (68.5 %) or from within self-help groups (58.7 %). 57.0 % of participants reported having had questions concerning nutrition and/or problems with food intake. most frequently named topics of interest were "healthy diet" (35.0 %) weakness/fatigue (24.3 %), dietary supplements (21.3 %) and taste changes (19.8 %). Nutrition information was most often provided by dietitians (38.7 %) followed by physicians (9.8 %). Women reported receiving nutrition counseling in the hospital nearly twice as often as men (12.5 % versus 5.7 %; p < 0.001). A quarter of the patients (24.1 %) reported using dietary supplements and patients who had received some sort of nutrition information more often reported using supplements (p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Nutrition is an essential element in cancer care and patients report a high interest and need: Yet, many patients do not have access to high quality nutrition therapy during and after cancer therapy.

IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS:

With respect to survival and quality of life, increasing the availability and resources for provision of evidence based nutrition information seems mandatory.

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