SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent Cancer
Treatment Centers of America(R) (CTCA) study entitled "The relationship between
baseline nutritional status with subsequent parenteral nutrition and clinical
outcomes in cancer patients undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal
chemotherapy" identified the importance of proper nutrition in cancer patients
undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy. The study's findings were
published in the August 2013 edition of Nutrition Journal, and have led to a
change in care for all patients at CTCA.
According to the study's findings, malnutrition within cancer patients
undergoing HIPEC increased their length of stay in the hospital post-surgery.
However, incorporating proper nutrition into the diet of cancer patients being
treated with HIPEC helped lead to a survival advantage for the patient, as well
as a reduction in the length of stay. Additionally, the study found that
nutritional assessment and intervention may be critical to achieving optimal
clinical outcomes including quality of life, survival rate and the ability to
better tolerate treatment.
While proper nutrition is important for all cancer patients, this study
indicates that it is especially necessary for those undergoing HIPEC treatment.
As a result of these findings, CTCA has incorporated nutritional evaluation and
intervention for every patient undergoing HIPEC. "We knew that nutrition was
important," said lead author Pankaj Vashi, MD, National Clinical Director of
Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Metabolic Support "but this study shows just how
essential it is to helping patients with quality of life and recovery after
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R)
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of
hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a
comprehensive, fully integrative approach to cancer treatment and serves
patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago,
Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard(R) of
care and Patient Empowerment Medicine(R), CTCA provides patients with
information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their
treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to
SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America