Article Abstract

Expert consensus on the nutritional therapy for patients with malignancies

Authors: Laura McLaughlin


I applaud the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO) for their efforts to create a consensus statement on nutritional therapy for patients with malignancies. The CSCO have accomplished a significant first step toward their goal by establishing operational definitions for key terms and by delineating specific hierarchical criteria for evaluating the current state of the scientific evidence upon which clinicians may base practice decisions. To this end, the CSCO relied heavily on the practice guidelines established by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and European Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN) (1-6).