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Revista Cubana de Medicina

versión impresa ISSN 0034-7523versión On-line ISSN 1561-302X

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CACERES LAVERNIA, Haslen; NENINGER VINAGERAS, Elia; MENENDEZ ALFONSO, Yanet  y  BARRETO PENIE, Jesús. Nutritional intervention in cancer patient. Rev cubana med [online]. 2016, vol.55, n.1. ISSN 0034-7523.

Cancer and its treatment cause symptoms which increase the patients risk to suffer from malnutrition. This negatively affects the patient's health status by increasing the number of complications, reducing the tolerance to specific treatment decreasing the patient's quality of life. There are some prognostic factors like tumor characteristics, stage of the disease or the patient general state, but the involuntary weight loss is the most sensitive factor for an early therapeutic intervention. This statement should drive the inclusion of the nutritional support as a therapeutic tool in the oncology treatment. The purpose of this paper is to offer some necessary elements to effectively carry out nutritional intervention in cancer patients, which should be early and be part of the treatment, in order to decrease complications of treatments applied in different stages of cancer disease.

Palabras clave : cancer; malnutrition; nutritional intervention; nutritional support.

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