Nutritional Care Guide for Pediatric Cancer
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This guide has been developed as part of the World Health Organization's Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer, known as "Cure All Americas," with the primary purpose of alleviating the challenges faced by pediatric oncology patients. Its mission is to ensure that these young patients enjoy a full and high-quality life while receiving comprehensive nutritional care throughout the course of their illness. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the prevalence of malnutrition in children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer is alarmingly high at the time of diagnosis. Malnutrition not only undermines recovery prospects but also deteriorates the quality of life for these patients. This guide is aimed at the multidisciplinary pediatric oncology care team, including medical professionals, nutritionists, nurses, and other specialists. Drawing from the most robust scientific evidence, it addresses essential aspects such as nutritional screening, risk assessment, nutritional care planning, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle for cancer survivors. It is worth emphasizing that this guide represents a milestone in the battle against childhood cancer in the region, as it seeks to significantly enhance the quality of life for pediatric patients affected by this disease. By providing healthcare professionals with the necessary tools and knowledge to address malnutrition and its impact on cancer treatment, we are taking a significant step towards a more hopeful future for the children and adolescents facing this challenging battle. The guide is an essential resource that offers comprehensive support in addressing the nutritional and health challenges of these young patients, thereby contributing to more effective treatment and a more promising prognosis.
Pan American Health Organization. Nutritional Care Guide for Pediatric Cancer. Washington, D.C.: PAHO; 2023. Available from: https://doi.org/10.37774/9789275126196.
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