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Principles of nutritional support in cancer patients


Cancer patients are already compromised on nutrition. A good nutrition plays a very important role in cancer patient. Malnutrition delays overall recovery of patient from cancer treatment and may lead to further serious complications. On the other hand, regular exposure of cancer patient to anti cancer therapy leads to inadequate nutrient intake and subsequent malnutrition. According to American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, it is estimated that approximately 30-50% cancer can be prevented by good healthy diet, physical activities and proper maintenance of body weight. Health care professional should screen malnutrition at early, during and post treatment phase and manage these issues, according to the available guidelines. This review article will focus on ideology of nutrition, method of assessment for malnutrition, and Gerson therapy, in context to cancer patient.

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