Nutrition is a crucial component of cancer treatment and rehabilitation as it helps the patients to better cope with illness. However, given the focus on the cancer and its cure, nutrition is often neglected, leaving the patient and family with doubts, questions and the need for practicalguidance on how to eat better on a daily basis, especially during therapy.
In 2015 ECPC sent out an extensive survey on nutrition and its importance on the treatment and life of cancer patients. The results were presented during the ECPC AGM 2015 in Brussels. The preliminary data obtained from the survey suggested that discrepancies still exist between the patients’ expectations / demands, and the answers they may get from physicians about the metabolic and nutritional issues in cancer.
Learning from our experience, in 2016 we continued our efforts with a second round of the survey in order to have enough data and maximise the impact of the answers received. The new ameliorated version was adapted in order to directly address individual cancer patients and cancer survivors.
Generally, the overall preliminary data underscores the need to implement awareness among patients but also among healthcare professionals in order to improve nutritional care. A two-page report of the results was delivered in November 2016.
ECPC Nutrition Survey
Accordingly, the study shows a significant gap in terms of need for information and practical management of cancer-related nutritional problems from the patients; and prompts for more focalization of physicians and oncologists on this aspect.
Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights
Cancer Patients’ Bill of Rights for appropriate and prompt Nutritional Support : A charter of rights for cancer patients with regards to nutrition – linking it to existing elements – ESMO NUTRITION guidelines.
Currently available for review here.
September 2017 ESMO Congress
October 2017 Nutrition Event
March 2018 Social Media Campaign
Nutrition Brochure.. coming soon
Nutrition Leaflet.. coming soon