Nutritional status among pediatric cancer patients: A comparison between hematological malignancies and solid tumors
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2012
© 2012, Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 301–311, October 2012
How to Cite
Tah, P. C., Nik Shanita, S. and Poh, B. K. (2012), Nutritional status among pediatric cancer patients: A comparison between hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 17: 301–311. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2012.00341.x
This study was partially supported by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Research University Grant (Project Code: UKM-GUP-SK-07-21-046). We wish to thank all the subjects and their caregivers for their full cooperation and support during this study. We are also grateful to all staff members of the University Malaya Medical Centre and Paediatric Institute of Kuala Lumpur Hospital for their cooperation and assistance. We also thank the University Malaya Medical Centre and Paediatric Institute of Kuala Lumpur Hospital for granting approval to conduct the study. All authors were involved in the conception and design of the study. TPC collected the data, performed the statistical analysis, and drafted the article. All authors were involved in data interpretation, critically revising the manuscript and approval of the final version submitted for publication.
Disclosure: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 22 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Received: 21 OCT 2011
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Research University
- nutritional status
This study aimed to compare the nutritional status of pediatric patients with hematological malignancies and solid tumors.
Design and Methods
A total of 74 pediatric cancer patients were assessed for anthropometric status, biochemical profiles, and dietary intake.
The prevalence of undernutrition was higher among patients with solid tumors as reflected in their lower dietary intakes of energy and nutrients compared with patients with hematological malignancies.
Adequate dietary intake is important for pediatric cancer patients, but nurses need to pay more attention to the diets of patients with solid tumors as compared with those with hematological malignancies.