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The nursing contribution to the nutritional care of people with cancer cachexia

Hopkinson, Jane B. 2015. The nursing contribution to the nutritional care of people with cancer cachexia. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 74 (4) , pp. 413-418. 10.1017/S0029665115002384

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Abstract

Cancer cachexia is a complex syndrome. Its defining feature is involuntary weight loss, which arises, in part, because of muscle atrophy and is accompanied by functional decline. International expert consensus recommends that nutritional support and counselling is a component of multimodal therapy for cancer cachexia, as poor nutritional intake can contribute to progression of the syndrome. The present paper focuses on what is presently known about the nursing contribution to nutritional care in cancer cachexia. There is potential for nurses to play an important role. However, obstacles to this include lack of a robust evidence base to support their nutritional care practices and unmet need for education about nutrition in cancer. The nursing role's boundaries and the outcomes of nurse-delivered nutritional care in cancer cachexia are both uncertain and should be investigated.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: CAB International Publishing
ISSN: 0029-6651
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 11:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87562

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