Nutrition is a crucial component of cancer treatment and rehabilitation as it helps patients better cope with illness. However, given the focus on the cancer and its cure, nutrition is often neglected, leaving patients and their families with doubts, questions and the need for practical guidance on how to eat better on a daily basis, especially during therapy.
ECPC Nutrition Survey
Building up on the pilot survey, in 2016 the European Cancer Patient Coalition continued its efforts with a second round of the survey in order to have enough data and maximise the impact of the answers received. The new version was adapted in order to directly address individual cancer patients and cancer survivors. It aimed to describe and understand the perception of the importance of metabolic and nutritional problems among patients and cancer survivors. The study was conducted by a survey of cancer patients and survivors.
The study showed a substantial gap in terms of need for information and practical management of cancer-related nutritional problems for people with cancer.
To learn more about nutrition, you can contact a nearby patient organisations from the ECPC Member database.
ECPC Nutrition Abstract
The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) presented Poster #1450P on 10 September 2017 at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Madrid, Spain. ECPC's European survey of 907 people with cancer about the importance of nutrition Abstract #3714 was also published in the Annals of Oncology, encompassing the perspectives of patients and their physicians on nutritional issues, and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
ECPC Consultation Document
ECPC's Patient Nutrition booklet
ECPC launched the Living well during Cancer Treatment Nutrition Booklet on the 1 June 2018 to address common questions patients might have about diet, nutrition and physical activity during cancer treatment, and provide essential patient information regarding nutrition and cancer. The booklet can be downloaded by clicking on the image below:
The nutrition booklet has since been translated into 9 additional languages (Bulgarian, Czech, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian and Slovakian). The translated booklets can be downloaded by clicking on the images below:
June 2018 ESSO Nutrition Endorsement