1 Centro di Emato-Oncologia Pediatrica Maria Letizia Verga, S. Gerardo Hospital, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy.
2 Department of Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera, Managua, Nicaragua.
3 Center of Biostatistics for Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy.
4 Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Research Laboratory, Division of Pediatrics, Department of Woman-Mother-Child, University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.
5 Department of Nutrition, Children’s Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera, Managua, Nicaragua.
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with cancer are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, which can
affect their tolerance of chemotherapy and outcome. In Nicaragua
approximately two-thirds of children diagnosed with cancer present with
under-nutrition. A nutritional program for children with cancer has
been developed at “La Mascota” Hospital. Results of this oral
nutritional intervention including difficulties, benefits, and
relevance for children treated for cancer in low- and middle-income
countries are here reported and discussed.
Material and Methods
|Table 1. Patients’ characteristics and nutritional status pre- and post-supplementation, by type of tumor.|
|Table 2. Distribution of patients by nutritional status pre- and post-nutritional intervention, by type of tumor.|
|Figure 1. Event free survival by cohort: supplemented vs. historical one|