Nutritional care in cancer patients: Initiatives and perspectives of the Italian Intersociety Working Group for Nutritional Support in Cancer Patients

Italian Intersociety Working Group for Nutritional Support in Cancer Patients

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Abstract

Malnutrition is a frequent comorbidity in people with cancer, associated with poor tolerance of anticancer treatments, prognosis, and quality of life. Despite the abundance of scientific literature supporting this evidence and the availability of international guidelines for managing nutritional care in people with cancer, attitudes about this issue still vary considerably among oncologists, to the point that many patients who are malnourished do not receive adequate nutritional support. In view of this, the Italian Association of Medical Oncology, the Italian Society of Artificial Nutrition and Metabolism, and the Italian Federation of Volunteer-based Cancer Organizations implemented in 2016 a collaborative working group and initiated a structured project called Integrating Nutritional Therapy in Oncology, with the aim of increasing oncologists’ awareness of nutritional issues and consequently improving the nutritional care of cancer patients in Italy. In 2019, the Italian Society of Oncological Surgery and the Technical Scientific Association of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics joined the working group. In this article, we present the updated initiatives and the perspectives of this intersociety project.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111358
JournalNutrition
Volume91-92
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2021

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutritional support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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