What Do We Know About the Do-It-Yourself Diets of Patients in Our Care? Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology

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Abstract

This pilot study aimed to investigate dietary changes introduced after being diagnosed with cancer in a sample of 60 consecutive children and adolescents on the basis of a self-report questionnaire. The study showed that 53% of patients changed their diet, usually "to combat the tumor" (in 47% of cases). In 1 in 2 of these cases, the health care staff were not informed about any changes. This study underscores the fact that many patients and families chose to impose dietary changes that are not always discussed with their health care staff and that may risk interfering with the continuity of a patient's treatment. It is essential to have more opportunities to speak with patients and families about this issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e515-e517
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Infant
  • Adolescent
  • Young Adult
  • Pilot Projects
  • Infant, Newborn
  • *Diet
  • Neoplasms/*prevention & control/*psychology
  • Self Care/*statistics & numerical data

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