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Nutritional care in colorectal cancer-what is the state of play?

Maunsell, Rose, Sodergren, Samantha, Hopkinson, Jane ORCID:, Shaw, Clare, Foster, Claire and Wheelwright, Sally 2021. Nutritional care in colorectal cancer-what is the state of play? Colorectal Disease 10.1111/codi.15933

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Aim Nutrition is associated with aetiology and impacts outcomes in colorectal cancer (CRC). This study aimed to explore nutritional symptoms and concerns of patients with CRC and CRC dietetic resource across the UK. Methods Study 1 is a descriptive analysis of nutrition-related measures in the ColoRectal Wellbeing (CREW) study, a prospective 5-year longitudinal cohort study of a representative sample of 872 adults with non-metastatic CRC. Study 2 is a descriptive analysis of data collected using a freedom of information request to all UK trusts/boards on dietetic resources for CRC. Results Study 1 found that 31% of CREW participants wanted more diet and lifestyle advice. At 3 months post-surgery, 10% reported poor appetite. A fifth experienced weight loss and 16% had concerns regarding weight loss 9 months post-surgery. In study 2 just 3% of hospitals providing CRC services had a dedicated CRC dietitian (hepato-pancreato-biliary, 11.1%; head and neck cancer, 14.3%). There was no dietetic outpatient follow-up of CRC patients in 72% of hospitals. Conclusions Dietetic resource for patients with CRC is scarce even though weight loss, poor appetite and unmet needs are common and persist over time. Work is needed to embed nutritional care into the management of patients with CRC.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1462-8910
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 27 September 2021
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:32

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