[Nutritional assessment using MUST(Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool) in outpatient chemotherapy]

Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2012 Jan;39(1):85-8.
[Article in Japanese]


Objective: We set out to see if nutritional assessment(management)using MUST could be useful for patients undergoing outpatient chemotherapy.

Methods: The study sample consisted of 197 patients undergoing outpatient chemotherapy between June 2010 and November 2010. The results of MUST, serum albumin levels, and nutritional intervention were investigated.

Results: High- and medium-risk patients requiring nutritional therapy was comprised of 17/78 breast cancer(21. 8%), 16/63 hematologic malignancy(25. 4%), and 26/56 colonic cancer(46. 4%)patients.Moreover, the serum albumin level in high- and medium-risk patients was likely to decrease compared to low-risk patients, suggesting the usefulness of MUST.

Discussion and conclusion: It is important to assess nutritional status focusedon simplicity, objectivity, andspeedin outpatient chemotherapy. Assessment of patients' nutritional status and cancer treatment compliance are expected to be improved using MUST.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Malnutrition / diagnosis*
  • Malnutrition / drug therapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Nutrition Assessment*
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents