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Effect of nutritional status on the incidence of infection in childhood cancer

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Pearson


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In 52 children with cancer, the effect of nutritional status on infection rate was studied. Thirty-two children had solid tumors and 20 had leukemia. Their treatment courses were arbitrarily divided into 3-month periods. Where treatment lasted for 9 months or more, the initial Nutritional Status score was correlated with infection rate during the subsequent 3-month period. Among the leukemic patients, a statistically significant inverse correlation (P < 0.05) was found between nutritional status and ensuing infection rate. No such correlation was found in children with solid tumors. Based on these findings, we recommend nutritional support to children with leukemia during chemotherapy to attempt to reduce the infection rate.

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Author(s): Taj MM, Pearson ADJ, Mumford DB, Price L

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Year: 1993

Volume: 10

Issue: 3

Pages: 283-287

Print publication date: 01/07/1993

ISSN (print): 0888-0018

ISSN (electronic): 1521-0669


DOI: 10.3109/08880019309029498

PubMed id: 8217547