Nutritional status of children and adolescents at diagnosis of hematological and solid malignancies

Objective: To assess the nutritional status of child and adolescent patients with cancer at diagnosis. Methods: A total of 1154 patients were included and divided into two groups: solid and hematological malignancies. The parameters used for nutritional assessment were weight, height, triceps skinfo...

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Publication Date:2014
Main Author: Lemos, Priscila dos Santos Maia
Other Authors: Oliveira, Fernanda Luisa Ceragioli [UNIFESP], Caran, Eliana Maria Monteiro [UNIFESP]
Document type: Article
Language:eng
Published: Associação Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia e Terapia Celular
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Online Access:http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/8700
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjhh.2014.06.001
Citation:Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia. Associação Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia e Terapia Celular, v. 36, n. 6, p. 420-423, 2014.
English abstract:Objective: To assess the nutritional status of child and adolescent patients with cancer at diagnosis. Methods: A total of 1154 patients were included and divided into two groups: solid and hematological malignancies. The parameters used for nutritional assessment were weight, height, triceps skinfold thickness, mid-upper arm circumference, arm muscle circumference, body mass index and percentage weight loss. Results: At diagnosis, below adequate body mass index was observed by anthropometric analysis in 10.85% of the patients – 12.2% in the solid tumor group and 9.52% in the hematologic group. The average weight loss adjusted for a period of 7 days was −2.82% in the hematologic group and −2.9% in the solid tumor group. Conclusions: The prevalence of malnutrition is higher among patients with malignancies than in the general population, even though no difference was observed between the two groups.