Weight loss in head and neck cancer patients little noticed in general practice

C.A.M. van Wayenburg, E. Rasmussen-Conrad, M.G.A. van den Berg, M.A.W. Merkx, W.A. van Staveren, C. van Weel, J.J. van Binsbergen

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In head and neck cancer patients, weight loss increases morbidity and mortality, and decreases treatment tolerance and quality of life. Early nutritional intervention has beneficial effects on these factors. AIM: We observed patients’ weight courses after specialists’ care and surveyed nutrition-related documentation by general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: From a Head and Neck Oncology Centre (HNOC) study, 68 patients were asked to participate in an extended general practice cohort. Twenty-six patients participated in the prospective three-monthly weight measurements during the year after HNOC care. We extracted nutritional information contained in referral letters (n=24) and medical records from the year before referral (n=45) and after HNOC care (n=26). An impaired nutritional status was assigned to weight loss =10% within six months or Body Mass Index (BMI)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-21
JournalJournal of Primary Health Care
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    van Wayenburg, C. A. M., Rasmussen-Conrad, E., van den Berg, M. G. A., Merkx, M. A. W., van Staveren, W. A., van Weel, C., & van Binsbergen, J. J. (2010). Weight loss in head and neck cancer patients little noticed in general practice. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(1), 16-21. https://edepot.wur.nl/154268