Malnutrition in Cancer Care

Time to Address the Elephant in the Room

Declan Walsh, MD, MSc; Michele Szafranski, MS, RD, CSO, LDN; Aynur Aktas, MD; Kunal C. Kadakia, MD


J Oncol Pract. 2019;15(7):357-359. 

In This Article

The Clinical Problem

In 1974, The Skeleton in the Hospital Closet highlighted unrecognized hospital malnutrition (MN).[1] In general medicine, moderate or severe MN is associated with greater illness severity, longer hospital length of stay, and higher total costs. This prompted some screening protocols to identify those at risk on hospital admission with automatic nutritional evaluation and intervention. However, there is no national or international consensus about minimum standard nutrition interventions.