Article Abstract

The central role of nutritional therapy in cancer: the input of an experts committee of Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology

Authors: Paula Ravasco


In cancer, malnutrition is highly prevalent and negatively affects outcome (1-3). Nevertheless, integration of nutrition therapy into routine care of cancer patients is still to be achieved. Understanding the reasons for the discrepancy between what the evidence suggests and current clinical practice is key to enhancing the relevance of nutrition therapy in oncology and in other specialties as well. Indeed, the current article “Expert consensus on the nutritional therapy for patients with malignancies” gathers the recommendations and guidelines from the major Professional Societies in Clinical Nutrition, and with this, does demonstrate that the recognition by medical oncologists about the importance of optimal nutrition as adjuvant to anti-neoplastic treatments is increasing.