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A survey of cancer patient preferences: which types of snacks do they prefer during treatment?
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PMID:  19016834     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cancer patients undergoing treatment may find it difficult to maintain proper caloric intake. This survey sought to characterize food/beverage preferences and services related to nutritional needs for oncology outpatients. A total of 222 adult oncology patients completed surveys while in an oncology clinic for treatment or for a medical appointment. Data were collected on demographic characteristics, cancer diagnosis/treatment, general health behaviours, preferences for various foods and beverages that could feasibly be offered in the clinic setting and interest in nutrition-related services. Foods requested by at least 50% of the respondents included several types of crackers, doughnuts, fruit cups, cookies, applesauce and gelatin cups. Beverages requested by at least 50% of the respondents included filtered water, coffee, soft drinks and various juices. Nearly 50% requested caffeine-free beverages, and nearly 40% requested sugar-free food choices. Regarding nutrition-related services, respondents were most interested in recipes for persons with cancer, nutrition information/brochures and nutrition counselling. We found that assessing patients' nutritional preferences through survey methodology in the oncology clinic setting was feasible. It is important to aid patients' ability to consume food and beverages that they consider most palatable in order to maintain sufficient caloric intake during active treatment.
S C Danhauer; J Keim; G Hurt; M Vitolins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer care     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1365-2354     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-28     Completed Date:  2009-11-23     Revised Date:  2009-12-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301979     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-42     Citation Subset:  N    
Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1082, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Food Preferences*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / therapy*
Nutritional Requirements
Patient Education as Topic
Patient Preference*
Young Adult
Erratum In:
Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2009 Mar;18(2):216

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