Assuring nutritional excellence service children and adolescents during and after cancer treatment, reducing the rate of clinical complications and mortality during and after cancer treatment. Prevent and treat the malnutrition; Improve response immunolgical onconlogy treatment; Increase the body's tolerance to specific treatment;Keep a normal pattern of growth and development of age; Improve the quality of life; Work to increase the cure rate; Contribute in clinical nutrition and cancer
Health indicators show the child cancer as a major public health challenge worldwide and in Brazil. In our country is the second leading cause of death among children and adolescents 1-19 years of age, being surpassed only by external causes (accidents, suicides, homicides), and the first by disease in the same age group.
In the treatment of childhood cancers Nutritionist work aims to prevent and treat malnutrition, promote growth and normal development of children, improve immune response, increase patient tolerance to treatment and improve their quality of life, thereby reducing the harmful health effects. Nutritional intervention is important at any stage of treatment, but is most effective when initiated at diagnosis.
Reducing the number of medical complications, fewer days of hospitalization and avoid decrease in dose of drug; decreased length of stay, decrease antibiotic use and reduced hospital costs.