Changes in food habits in cancer patients in Italy: a survey. AIOM - SINPE - FAVO

AIOM-SINPE-FAVO working group, Cecilia Gavazzi, Sabina Sieri, Francesca Traclò, Alessandro Sproviero, Giulia Vandoni, Roberta Ricci, Silvia Stragliotto, Vittorina Zagonel

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OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of cancer patients changing their diet in relation to cancer site, sex, age and geographic distribution. Furthermore, we aimed to explore the rationale behind dietary changes and to identify sources of information in order to plan specific educational training.METHODS: Patients ≥18 y of age who accessed the Italian Cancer Patients, Families and Friends Association information points were invited to participate. An ad hoc self-report questionnaire was used. The questionnaire asked patients about changes made to the major food groups. A minimum sample of 100 patients for the most common cancers was planned. We analyzed 1257 questionnaires. We assessed the prevalence of, reasons for, and type of dietary changes. Logistic regression was used to analyze the main determinants of dietary changes.RESULTS: Of the 1257 patients, 705 (56.1%) reported changes since receiving the diagnosis of cancer. On the logistic regression analysis, age and tumor site were significantly associated with dietary changes (P 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-145
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018

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