The incidence of malnutrition amongst patients with cancer has been estimated between 40% – 80%. It is important to identify patients early, who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition and who would benefit from nutrition support.
It is important to note that dietary recommendations for the prevention of cancer and those for treating patients who have been diagnosed with cancer may greatly differ. The promotion of controversial diets which have little or no scientific merit may only add to the confusion which the patient experiences at a time when they feel most vulnerable.
The department has a dedicated oncology dietitian who can dispel any myths surrounding nutrition and cancer and who will offer evidence based advice.