Nutritional deficiency and nutritional therapy in cancer patients. Overview of current recommendations


  • I.I. Lisnyy National Cancer Institute of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine,



nutritional deficiency, nutrition, cancer, overview


Nutritional deficiency is a common complication in the course of cancer. According to the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (2017), the incidence of nutritional deficiency in cancer patients ranged from 47 to 89 %. Nutritional deficiency can reach terminal manifestations and proceed in the form of anorexia-cachexia syndrome, being the direct cause of death in 4 out of 20 cancer patients. The prognosis for cancer patients with weight loss is worse than for patients without weight loss. Although the stage of the tumor and resistance to anticancer therapy are the main prognostic factors for patient survival, a large amount of literature data shows that weight loss is a significant and often independent predictor of reduced survival in cancer patients. The review addresses the issues of improving the nutritional status of cancer patients and the main approaches to the treatment of this complication.


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