Study Shows Why Outpatient Malnutrition Screening Is Critical in Patients With GI Cancer

Melinda Mayorga, RN, MSN, CNS, AGCNS-BC, OCN, of the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses research she presented on outpatient malnutrition screening in patients with gastrointestinal cancer.

“I partnered with our registered dietitians in our institution, and we decided that we would start by screening for malnutrition,” Ms. Mayorga said. “Now, the hospital screens for malnutrition at the beginning of treatment and as needed. But we thought it would be more important to screen every single time the patient comes in. That’s new. That’s not something we were doing typically.”

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