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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 191-193

A survey of nutritional practices for children with cancer in India

1 Treatment Support Program, Max Health Care, New Delhi, India
2 Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharastra, India
3 National Outreach Program, Max Health Care, New Delhi, India
4 Treatment Support Program; National Outreach Program; QCRI, Cankids; Max Health Care, New Delhi, India
5 QCRI, Cankids; Medical Oncology, Max Health Care, New Delhi, India

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A Sharma
Treatment Support Program, Max Health Care, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.175831

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Background: Assessing nutritional status and delivering optimal nutritional care is a part of modern day treatment of children with cancer. The nutritional practices in India for these children have not been previously described. Aims: To describe the existing nutrition assessment and management practices for children with cancer in India. Methods: Attendees of the First International Society of Pediatric Oncology-Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries workshop on nutrition in children with cancer organized in September 2014 at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India were invited to complete a self-administered questionnaire related to three domains: nutritional assessment, intervention, and education. Results: Hundred and eight respondents from 42 health institutions and background in the health sector participated in the survey. There was variability in nutritional assessment, practice and education. Lack of resources and time are contributory. Conclusions: This assessment of nutritional services in India provided useful information to plan development of national guidelines, policy, and delivery of services.


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