The impact of preoperative malnutrition on surgery outcome in cancer patients

Jalid Sehouli, MD, PhD of the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, Berlin, Germany talks about a prospective trial looking into the nutritional status, before radical surgery (primary or relapse setting), in 174 patients with ovarian or peritoneal cancer. The study showed that poor nutritional status and low muscular mass can be a risk factor for complications during and post-surgery. Prof. Sehouli believes that using fragility scores for surgery and chemotherapy, and investing in training and nutritional supportive care can help improve the outcome of frail patients. At the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, before deciding on the appropriate treatment, patients receive support on how to improve their nutritional status to obtain the best possible outcome. Recorded at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held in Chicago, IL.
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