Saturday, December 5, 2020

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Cancer and nutrition at the Philippine General Hospital

Malnutrition. Velasco et al.

Congratulations to my dear friend, Roger Velasco, for spearheading this excellent study, now published as an abstract in Annals of Oncology. A notable finding is that "patients who did not receive chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery were more likely to be malnourished compared to those who previously received or were currently receiving treatment (chemotherapy: p < 0.01; radiation: p = 0.04; surgery: p < 0.01)." 

Quite interesting to find out that "Notably, only 17% of patients were referred by oncologists to the dietary service." Note to self: involve the nutritionists! 

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Galing! Ang prolific nyo sa Research!

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    1. Thank you, but this was largely Roger's effort. The study won a research grant, thanks to Roger's stunning pitch.

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  2. Are all these patients from the same income class? I would think those who did not receive treatment are more malnourished because they can't afford either treatment or good food.

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    1. Majority are from the lower income class. Yes, you may be right. Cancer treatment is expensive in general.

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