People with cancer may struggle with good nutrition due to cancer treatments affecting taste, smell, and appetite. When the body is not able to get enough nutrients (e.g., calories, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) it is referred to as malnutrition. For cancer patients, malnutrition is linked to treatment toxicity, complications, reduced physical functioning, and decreased survival. It is estimated that approximately 30 to 85 percent of patients with cancer experience malnutrition.
Despite the established association between malnutrition and poor outcomes, many cancer centers in the United States provide insufficient nutritional services to patients.
In September of 2022, ACCC launched a three-part vodcast series aimed at 1) addressing barriers faced by providers related to the integration of malnutrition screening and assessment tools, and 2) providing strategies that multidisciplinary teams can use to integrate nutritional services into routine care for all cancer patients. The series: Optimizing the Use of Validated Malnutrition Screening Tools in Cancer Care, shares insights of the patient experience, discusses the importance of using validated nutrition screening tools, and provides key strategies providers can use to mitigate barriers and support the nutritional needs of patients throughout their cancer journey.
Hear how malnutrition affects people with cancer in different ways, even impacting cancer treatment plans.
This program is generously supported by Abbott.