Year of Publication

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Agriculture, Food and Environment

Department

Dietetics and Human Nutrition

First Advisor

Dr. Sandra Bastin

Abstract

Prior research has shown that pediatric cancer survivors face a multitude of longterm effects from treatment of their disease. Many of these conditions can be treated or managed through proper nutrition, however patients of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic do not see a registered dietitian. This study looked at food and drink consumption of the past 30 days by the patient using the NHANES Dietary Screener Questionnaire to see if they met nutrition recommendations as outlined by the 2015‐2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Results from the study found that off‐treatment pediatric cancer survivors (n=21) failed to meet dietary recommendations in fruit and vegetable, whole grain, and dairy intake. It was also shown that participants exceeded their limit of added sugars. From these findings it was concluded that pediatric cancer survivors in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic would benefit from nutrition counseling and education provided by a Registered Dietitian.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.13023/ETD.2016.086

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