We have formed an international network of health care institutions to improve nutritional care in pediatric cancer treatment globally. Our global team works collaboratively to:
Ensure state-of-the-art nutritional care and capacity for all children with cancer in pediatric cancer units located in LMICs
Approximately 80% of children with cancer reside and undergo treatment in a LMIC where access to optimal nutritional care may be severely limited. Global collaborations help to locate resources regionally, bridging gaps in trained professionals in clinical research, and improving the standard of care in underserved countries. In doing so, we are significantly improving the odds of survival for children in LMICs and reducing cost of care.
Advance nutritional research in LMICs
Approximately 35% of an individual’s risk of cancer is due to diet and lifestyle. For children diagnosed with cancer, poor nutritional status alone increases the risk of death by up to 54% for some diagnoses. Research is urgently needed to study how to implement diet-based interventions in an ever-changing global environment and to manage a spectrum of nutritional-related conditions at diagnosis and throughout treatment.
Establish nutritional monitoring programs during and after treatment for cancer
Partnerships between academic institutions in high-income countries (HICs) and LMICs have led to significant strides in the delivery of treatment for childhood cancer. Although this is promising, clinicians are now faced with a growing pool of survivors and with little understanding of how to prevent nutrition-related late-effects in resource-limited settings. Understanding the prevalence of nutritional-related conditions during and after cancer care will enable us to identify educational and clinical needs, and direct allocation of limited resources. These types of initiatives assist clinicians in advocating for improvements in public health programs.