Malnutrition is common in the oncology setting and negatively impacts on clinical outcomes1. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritional status of this cohort and the impact of malnutrition on quality of life (QOL) and survival.
A cross sectional study of adult cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy between 2012-2015 was conducted. A survey was devised, incorporating clinical, nutritional, biochemical and QOL data (EORTC). Nutritional status was evaluated using cancer cachexia (CC) diagnostic criteria2 and CT assessment of body composition1. Cox proportional hazards model was used for survival analysis.
822 patients with solid tumours participated in the study, 60% were male with a median age of 64 years (IQR 56-71 years). 44% had a BMI > 25kg/m2, while only 4.6% had visible malnutrition (BMI 5% body weight in 6 months, 44% had CC, 40% were sarcopenic, 47% had myosteatosis, 24% had both. In terms of QOL, weight loss >5% and cancer cachexia were significantly associated with a poorer global QOL score, as well as worse physical, role, emotional and social function scores (all p
Malnutrition and abnormal body composition are common in Irish cancer patients, but are masked by excessive adiposity. Malnutrition can adversely impact on patients QOL and survival. 1. Martin L, Birdsell L, MacDonald N et al. (2013) J Clin Oncol; 31 (12):1539-1547 2. Fearon K, Strasser F, Amler SD et al. (2011) Lancet Oncol; 12 (5):489-95
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University College Cork
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) under Grant Number SFI/12/RC/2273
All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.