What are the ACS guidelines for nutritional care in cancer survivors?

Updated: Feb 28, 2018
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; more...
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The ACS’s recommended goals of nutritional care are as follows:

  • Prevent or resolve nutrient deficiencies

  • Achieve or maintain a healthy weight

  • Preserve lean body mass

  • Minimize nutrition-related side effects

  • Maximize quality of life

The ACS nutrition recommendations are as follows:

  • Patients should consume enough calories to prevent weight loss, especially those patients who are malnourished or receiving interventions affecting the gastrointestinal tract

  • Clinicians should provide individualized nutritional advice to improve dietary intake and potentially decrease toxicities associated with cancer treatments

  • Use vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements during cancer treatment with caution; individuals should first assess whether they are nutrient deficient, avoid ingesting supplements that exceed more than 100% of the Daily Value, and consider limiting dietary supplement use to therapeutic interventions for chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and macular degeneration, for which scientific evidence supports the likelihood of benefits and low risk of harm


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