Malnutrition among gynaecological cancer patients.

Laky, Brenda, Janda, Monika, Bauer, Judy, Vavra, Christoph, Cleghorn, Geoffrey J., & Obermair, Andreas (2006) Malnutrition among gynaecological cancer patients. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 61, pp. 642-646.

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Objective: To assess the nutritional status of patients with gynaecological cancer.-----

Design: A prospective study assessing the nutritional status of gynaecological patients with suspected or proven gynaecological cancer.-----

Setting: Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer, Brisbane, Australia; a tertiary referral centre for gynaecological cancer.-----

Subjects: One hundred forty-five patients with suspected or proven gynaecological cancer aged 20–91 years.-----

Intervention: Scored patient-generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA) and serum albumin before treatment.-----

Results: One hundred and sixteen (80%) patients were categorized as PG-SGA class A, 29 (20%) patients were PG-SGA B and none of the patients were PG-SGA C. Ovarian cancer patients had significantly lower serum albumin levels (P=0.003) and higher PG-SGA scores (P<0.001) than patients with other types of cancer and benign conditions. Sixty-seven per cent of patients with ovarian cancer were classified as PG-SGA B. After adjusting for patient's age, body mass index and albumin level, ovarian cancer patients were 19 times more likely to be categorized as PG-SGA class B compared to patients with benign conditions (95% confidence interval: 3.03–129.8; P=0.002).-----

Conclusion: Malnutrition in gynaecological cancer patients is a significant problem, especially among those patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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ID Code: 21180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Nutritional Assessment, Nutritional Status, Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment, Malnutrition, Gynaecological Cancer, Albumin
DOI: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602540
ISSN: 0954-3007
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200) > Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified (111299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2009 04:52
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 03:07

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