Malnourishment affects recovery among cancer-hit children

Mar 25, 2014

Although there is a 70 to 90 per cent chance of curing paediatric cancer at an early stage, malnourishment among children come as a major hindrance to the child’s ability to survive.

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Every year, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research sees around 150 new patients with paediatric cancer, and as many as 50 per cent of them are malnourished. This will mean that these children have lesser resistance to the disease and they have a poor recovery rate, assistant professor of medical oncology Biswajit Dubashi said.

Jipmer has been working with these patients to improve their eating habits and trying to encourage the families to improve their eating. But, the attempts are not successful often because the families are not used to such nutritious diets.

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