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Cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia position statement

This position statement was developed by a multidisciplinary group of 23 health professionals and researchers with expertise in cancer and launched in August 2020. The position statement is intended as an advocacy document to support health professionals and health services to achieve optimal care for cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia and contains recommendations for the identification, assessment and treatment of these conditions as well as the role of multidisciplinary teams.

The position statement also contains implementation tips to support translation of the recommendations into practice as well as resources to further support management of cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia.

The position statement has been endorsed by Dietitians Australia, Cancer Council Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research and Cancer Nurses Society of Australia. A further 12 national organisations and the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer have supported the position statement.

The position statement has also been published in Nutrition & Dietetics.

Further supporting documents are available including:

  • An infographic to help remind clinicians to consider cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia during patient consultations
  • A pathway to guide the management of cancer-related malnutrition and sarcopenia within health services across acute, community and primary care settings.

Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adults with head and neck cancer

Developed under the auspices of COSA and in partnership with Cancer Council Australia, the evidence-based practice guidelines for nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer were launched and published on Cancer Council Australia’s wiki platform in 2011. The guidelines have been endorsed by Dietetics Associations of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain and adopted by Dietitians Canada’s Practice-Based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) knowledge synthesis online portal. Additional endorsing bodies include the Cancer Institute NSW and the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society.

​Evidence-based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer

Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative

The Victorian Cancer Malnutrition Collaborative (VCMC) program of work is a state wide collaboration between Peter Mac, the Victorian state government, Victorian health services and other interested parties. The VCMC program of work aims to increase understanding and knowledge, and promote strategies for action in order to address cancer malnutrition. Content includes optimal nutrition care pathways for health professionals and people with cancer or their carers, online malnutrition screening tool in 10 languages other than English, eLearning packages, malnutrition governance toolkit and cancer-malnutrition prevalence data in Victorian health services.

Victorian cancer malnutrition collaborative (VCMC)

Cancer Council Nutrition and Cancer booklet

This booklet has been designed for patients and their carers and explains nutrition and dietary requirements during and after cancer treatment.  It provides information on ways to manage common eating problems that may occur due to cancer or its treatment. It also includes information about support services available.

Cancer Council Nutrition and Cancer booklet (pdf)

Understanding Taste and Smell Changes

This factsheet contains information about the possible effects of cancer treatment on the experience of eating. It explores the effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery on the taste, smell or feeling of food in the mouth.  It offers practical tips for managing changes.

Understanding Taste and Smell Changes (pdf)