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Illuminating the nutrition-related policy-practice gaps in colorectal cancer survivorship

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posted on 2024-03-07, 04:44 authored by Kristina Vingrys, Lauren Atkins, Eva Pape, Annelie Shaw, Amanda Drury
Abstract Purpose Colorectal cancer (CRC) is among the three most commonly diagnosed cancers globally, after breast and lung cancer, with an estimated 2 million new cases each year, comprising ten per cent of all cancers worldwide. CRC has a complex aetiology associated with several nutrition-related risk factors. Cancer survivors frequently report alterations to their dietary habits and nutritional intake, with related adverse impacts on health-related quality of life (QOL). Whilst nutrition-related factors are recognised as survivor priorities and embedded in survivor care policies, dietary support is frequently not the standard of care in practice. Methods and results In this Commentary, we present details of a critical policy-practice gap for CRC survivors across the spectrum of nutrition care that we have seen growing in the literature, in hospitals, community and private practice. Conclusion As these nutrition concerns can adversely impact QOL and morbidity and mortality risks, we hope to raise awareness of these issues to provide a basis of future work in this area, so that policymakers and clinicians can improve support and outcomes for CRC survivors and their families.

History

Journal

Supportive Care in Cancer

Volume

32

Article number

131

Pagination

131-

Location

Germany

ISSN

0941-4355

eISSN

1433-7339

Language

en

Issue

2

Publisher

Springer Science and Business Media LLC