ESPEN practical guideline: Clinical Nutrition in cancer

Maurizio Muscaritoli*, Jann Arends, Patrick Bachmann, Vickie Baracos, Nicole Barthelemy, Hartmut Bertz, Federico Bozzetti, Elisabeth Hütterer, Elizabeth Isenring, Stein Kaasa, Zeljko Krznaric, Barry Laird, Maria Larsson, Alessandro Laviano, Stefan Mühlebach, Line Oldervoll, Paula Ravasco, Tora S. Solheim, Florian Strasser, Marian de van der SchuerenJean Charles Preiser, Stephan C. Bischoff

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Background: This practical guideline is based on the current scientific ESPEN guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients. 

Methods: ESPEN guidelines have been shortened and transformed into flow charts for easier use in clinical practice. The practical guideline is dedicated to all professionals including physicians, dieticians, nutritionists and nurses working with patients with cancer. 

Results: A total of 43 recommendations are presented with short commentaries for the nutritional and metabolic management of patients with neoplastic diseases. The disease-related recommendations are preceded by general recommendations on the diagnostics of nutritional status in cancer patients. 

Conclusion: This practical guideline gives guidance to health care providers involved in the management of cancer patients to offer optimal nutritional care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2898-2913
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Nutrition
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


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