Cancer Outpatient Nutritional Status

Overview:

There is a universal lack of effective cancer survivor education and awareness about the
importance of proper nutrition, existing nutritional programs, and how survivors can develop and
maintain optimal nutritional status. This project sought to engage patients in identifying barriers
that prevent them from utilizing nutritional resources, specifically nutrition education programs
offered within the Greater Toronto Area. We conducted interviews with 10 cancer survivors and
a secondary analysis of feedback form data, previously collected by two independent
community-based support centres that have nutritional programming for cancer survivors.
Results of the feedback form data showed general acceptance and satisfaction with existing
nutrition programming. However, our qualitative analysis of the patient interview data revealed 3
key themes: (1) information taught in class was not applicable to daily life; (2) recipes taught in
class were not appropriate for their stage of treatment, and; (3) patients did not feel supported
when learning about cancer nutrition. As a result of this study two key areas for future research
emerged. First, a larger study is necessary to confirm the generalizability of the results. Second,
solutions to problems identified in the current study must be co-created with engaged patients
and other relevant stakeholders.

Capstone Team: 

Julia Antolovich
Razan Bouzeineddine
Craig Madho
Kathleen Mounce

 

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Dr. Rima Al-awar
Sandy Schwenger
Dr. Shazeen Suleman

 

TRP Faculty Lead:

Dr. Richard Foty