Norwegian Cancer Society asked The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (NOKC) to do a systematic search on the efficiency of dietary counseling to prevent and treat malnutrition among patients with cancer.
Many patients with cancer lose weight and have poor nutritional status as a result of the treatment, or as a result of the cancer itself (cachexia). Malnutrition reduces quality of life and may cause loss of treatment efficacy.
- Systematic searches was performed in The Cochrane Database of systematic reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA), Ovid EMBASE, Ovid Pre-MEDLINE and MEDLINE
- A total of 331 references were identified
- 22 references were found to be relevant