Common definitions of malnutrition do not apply to all cancers, and the best approach for surgeons to identify malnourished cancer patients preoperatively is specifically related to the type of cancer the patient has, this study finds.
Of 205,840 major cancer surgical procedures for six different cancers analyzed:
Mortality and major morbidity varied significantly between the nutrition groups, including obesity and no malnutrition.
The malnutrition definitions that best predicted postoperative risk differed for the six cancers are:
These findings can be used to enhance nutritional preparedness preoperatively, the researchers say.Read More >>