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Keywords:

  • Children;
  • hematology;
  • leukemia;
  • neoplasm;
  • nutritional status

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Results

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.

Practice Implication

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.