Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

NUTRIENT INTAKE AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF NEWLY DIAGNOSED CANCER PATIENTS FROM EAST COAST MALAYSIA

Author

Menon KC 1 , Razak SA 2 , Rusmin M 2 , Karami A 2 , VMK Bhavaraju 3

Institution

1 Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, USM, Penang, Malaysia
2 School of Health Sciences, Kubang Kerain, Kelantan, Malaysia
3 School of Medical Sciences, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia

Abstract

Objectives: Information on the nutritional status of cancer patients at the time of diagnosis could potentially support to devise appropriate nutrition interventions to increase tolerance for treatment- related adverse events and to improve quality of life. The present study aimed to assess the nutrient intake and nutritional assessment of newly diagnosed cancer patients.

Methods: A cross-sectional study using purposive sampling method was conducted in newly diagnosed adult cancer patients (n=70) attending Oncology clinic, Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from East coast Malaysia. Information on anthropometry, dietary intake and biochemical data including blood samples was obtained.

Results: Mean (SD) age, skin fold thickness, mid upper arm circumference and body mass index of the participants was 21.1(3.9) years, 17.6(7.9) mm, 24.1(5.5) cm, and 21.1(3.9) Kg/m2, respectively; 26% participants had BMI<18.5 Kg/m2. The proportion (95% confidence interval) of participants with low haemoglobin (<120 g/L) and serum albumin (<38g/dL) were 45%(30%, 61%) and 26%(15%, 36%), respectively. The intake of macro and micronutrients were below the recommended nutrient intake for Malaysians for different age groups.