Nutritional evaluation and dietetic care in cancer patients treated with radiotherapy: prospective study

Nutrition. 1991 May-Jun;7(3):205-9.


Ninety-three cancer patients about to undergo radiotherapy were studied. These patients were affected by cancer of the head and neck, breast cancer, and abdominopelvic cancer. They were randomly distributed into control and experimental groups. The patients from the control group were allowed to eat ad libitum, whereas those from the experimental group followed a strict nutritional protocol that covered their needs while satisfying their particular tastes and habits. Data were collected the day before radiotherapy commenced and the day treatment ended. Anthropometric, analytical, and clinical parameters were determined. The results showed the benefit of dietetic treatment in experimental patients with head and neck or abdominopelvic cancer.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Abdominal Neoplasms / therapy
  • Anthropometry
  • Breast Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Diet*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / therapy
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Prospective Studies