Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Only one third of cancer patients receive information about their diet

09.12.2008
Under-nourishment is frequent amongst cancer patients and can reduce their odds of survival. Despite the importance of diet for these patients, a new study, headed by doctors from the Hospital Universitario de la Paz, in Madrid, shows that only one third of cancer patients are given information about this.

“It is essential that we know about cancer patients’ opinions so that nutritional therapy alternatives can be found to improve their quality of life and sense of well-being in general, Carmen Gómez Candela explains to SINC. Carmen Gómez Candela is the principal author of the study and head of the Clinical and Dietetics Department at the Hospital Universitario de la Paz, Madrid.

The research, published recently in the Spanish journal “Nutrición Hospitalaria”, set out to discover cancer patients’ opinions about how important their diet is to them, and about their eating difficulties and body image. The objectives are to develop nutritional interventions and increase their odds of survival.

The research team interviewed 131 patients and they were asked about the importance they gave to these different aspects. The results show that the majority of patients are dependent on their image and their weight and relate this to their diet. 75% of the patients, with an average age of 57 years (45% men and 55% women) are aware of their illness and regard it as “serious” or “very serious”.

According to comments made by Gómez Candela to SINC: “74% of the patients find a relationship between their nutritional status and their physical activities and 73% relate this to their state of mind”. Moreover, nearly half of the cancer patients (48%) consider their state of mind to have deteriorated.

Eating difficulties

Although more that half of the patients said they had some eating difficulties, only a third of the population had been spoken to about their diet at any time. “It is obvious that cancer patients need different effective nutritional intervention measures that could contribute towards improving their sense of well-being”, the author underlines.

The results uphold that 47% of the patients have complained of eating difficulties, and only 34% had received any information about their diet. 26% of the patients had taken nutritional supplements and 81% had a diet with no modifications at all. The most common eating difficulties were loss of appetite (38%), early satiation (32%) and nausea (20%).

“The intervention most requested by patients is nutritional education so they are able to tolerate better the problems that arise from cancer treatments and know what foods to eat and in what quantity”, Gómez Candela points out. The study corroborates the need for patients to receive nutritional intervention measures. More than half of cancer patients have eating difficulties.

SINC Team | alfa
Further information:
http://www.plataformasinc.es

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht GLUT5 fluorescent probe fingerprints cancer cells
20.04.2018 | Michigan Technological University

nachricht Scientists re-create brain neurons to study obesity and personalize treatment
20.04.2018 | Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Spider silk key to new bone-fixing composite

University of Connecticut researchers have created a biodegradable composite made of silk fibers that can be used to repair broken load-bearing bones without the complications sometimes presented by other materials.

Repairing major load-bearing bones such as those in the leg can be a long and uncomfortable process.

Im Focus: Writing and deleting magnets with lasers

Study published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces is the outcome of an international effort that included teams from Dresden and Berlin in Germany, and the US.

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) together with colleagues from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Virginia...

Im Focus: Gamma-ray flashes from plasma filaments

Novel highly efficient and brilliant gamma-ray source: Based on model calculations, physicists of the Max PIanck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg propose a novel method for an efficient high-brilliance gamma-ray source. A giant collimated gamma-ray pulse is generated from the interaction of a dense ultra-relativistic electron beam with a thin solid conductor. Energetic gamma-rays are copiously produced as the electron beam splits into filaments while propagating across the conductor. The resulting gamma-ray energy and flux enable novel experiments in nuclear and fundamental physics.

The typical wavelength of light interacting with an object of the microcosm scales with the size of this object. For atoms, this ranges from visible light to...

Im Focus: Basel researchers succeed in cultivating cartilage from stem cells

Stable joint cartilage can be produced from adult stem cells originating from bone marrow. This is made possible by inducing specific molecular processes occurring during embryonic cartilage formation, as researchers from the University and University Hospital of Basel report in the scientific journal PNAS.

Certain mesenchymal stem/stromal cells from the bone marrow of adults are considered extremely promising for skeletal tissue regeneration. These adult stem...

Im Focus: Like a wedge in a hinge

Researchers lay groundwork to tailor drugs for new targets in cancer therapy

In the fight against cancer, scientists are developing new drugs to hit tumor cells at so far unused weak points. Such a “sore spot” is the protein complex...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Invitation to the upcoming "Current Topics in Bioinformatics: Big Data in Genomics and Medicine"

13.04.2018 | Event News

Unique scope of UV LED technologies and applications presented in Berlin: ICULTA-2018

12.04.2018 | Event News

IWOLIA: A conference bringing together German Industrie 4.0 and French Industrie du Futur

09.04.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Magnetic nano-imaging on a table top

20.04.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Start of work for the world's largest electric truck

20.04.2018 | Interdisciplinary Research

Atoms may hum a tune from grand cosmic symphony

20.04.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>