Malnutrition is a significant concern in the context of cancer care, an issue that extends far beyond mere weight loss. Although the term “malnutrition” often evokes images of extreme emaciation and declining scales, its impact on individuals grappling with cancer is a multifaceted problem that encompasses more than just the numbers on a scale. Malnutrition in cancer care settings is a complex issue characterized not only by weight loss but also by the depletion of vital nutrients, deterioration of overall health, and its profound influence on treatment outcomes and the well-being of patients. Irrespective of the malnutrition definition, it’s consistently associated with poorer outcomes, including extended hospital stays and an increased risk of readmissions within 30 days. This article delves into the intricate nature of malnutrition in cancer care settings and underscores the critical need for a comprehensive approach in addressing this issue.
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