Managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on patients’ nutritional status
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Managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on patients’ nutritional status

Kathell Margaret Geraghty Oncology staff nurse, oncology, The Galway Clinic, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Why you should read this article
  • To enhance your understanding of the effects of cancer and its treatment on patients’ nutritional status

  • To familiarise yourself with nutritional interventions that can support patients undergoing cancer treatment

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Adequate nutrition is a basic requirement of the human body, supporting cell growth and optimal organ function. The nutritional requirements of patients with cancer can increase due to systemic inflammatory responses caused by cancer and cancer treatments. Nurses have an important role in providing nutritional interventions to patients undergoing treatment for cancer, through education and person-centred nutritional care. This article examines which nutritional interventions provided by nurses can relieve symptoms and side effects, improve nutritional status and enhance quality of life in patients with cancer.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11692

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Correspondence

kathellgeraghty@eircom.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Geraghty KM (2021) Managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on patients’ nutritional status. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11692

Published online: 25 February 2021

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