Special Issue "Individualized Care for Malnourished Cancer Patients"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Paolo Pedrazzoli
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Director Medical Oncology Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, Italy; Associate Professor, University of Pavia Medical School, Pavia, Italy
Interests: medical Oncology; immunotherapy; nutrition in oncology; malnutrition; clinical trials; nutritional support
Dr. Riccardo Caccialanza
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Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Unit, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo Foundation, 27100 Pavia, Italy
Interests: clinical nutrition; artificial nutrition; nutrition in oncology; malnutrition; body composition; nutraceuticals; clinical trials; innovation and new technologies applied to clincal nutrition (Health); nutritional support

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Malnutrition is a frequent critical problem for a considerable proportion of cancer patients following diagnosis, which impairs quality of life (QoL) and clinical outcomes, and requires appropriate and well-timed multidisciplinary management by professionals with specific skills and training. Despite the robust evidence showing an association between nutritional status and clinical outcomes, the attitude towards nutrition care varies considerably among oncologists, and a significant proportion of patients do not receive adequate nutritional assessment and support.

The recognition of the importance of nutrition in cancer rehabilitation has been suggested among the key objectives for a global core curriculum in medical oncology, and emphasis has been placed on the need to start treating cachexia in the precachexia phase, which is when oncologists predominantly see their patients. However, this would require increased awareness and knowledge of nutritional issues among health care professionals involved in cancer care, which is still far from being the case. As an example, the management of home artificial nutrition, which can improve the prognosis and QoL of many advanced cancer patients, is often not consistent. Due to its organizational complexity, the possible development of potentially serious complications, and the need of periodic outcomes assessment, it is vital that nutritional support should be prescribed and monitored by clinical nutrition specialists or professionals with specific skills in clinical nutrition, who should be part of the multidisciplinary teams providing early palliative care.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide health care professionals involved in cancer patient care with a comprehensive overview of the aims and current evidence about nutrition in oncology, together with updated practical and concise recommendations on the application of nutritional therapy in cancer patients.

Prof. Dr. Paolo Pedrazzoli
Dr. Riccardo Caccialanza
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Malnutrition
  • Cancer patients
  • Sarcopenia
  • Nutritional care

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The Role of Nutritional Support in Cured/Chronic Patients
Nutrients 2020, 12(10), 3167; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12103167 - 16 Oct 2020
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Improvements in Clinical Oncology, due to earlier diagnoses and more efficient therapeutic strategies, have led to increased numbers of long-term survivors, albeit many with chronic diseases. Dealing with the complex care needs of these survivors is now an important part of Medical Oncology. [...] Read more.
Improvements in Clinical Oncology, due to earlier diagnoses and more efficient therapeutic strategies, have led to increased numbers of long-term survivors, albeit many with chronic diseases. Dealing with the complex care needs of these survivors is now an important part of Medical Oncology. Suitable diet and physical activity regimes will be important in maintaining their health. This paper will review what we know and what we can do in the near future for these patients. Full article
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