New study in Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer

The Department of Surgery, Western Health Precinct, will be heading an Australian first study investigating the prevalence of malnutrition, associated intervention and outcomes of patients undergoing curative intent surgery for upper gastrointestinal cancers.

Patients with upper gastrointestinal cancer face significant nutritional issues before and after surgery leading to increased morbidity and mortality, however, more research is needed to develop dedicated treatments.


The Australia-wide research is being led by Ms Irene Deftereos and Associate Professor Justin Yeung (The University of Melbourne/Western Health), Dr Nicole Kiss (Deakin University), Professor Elizabeth Isenring (Bond University) and Ms Vanessa Carter (Western Health), and will involve participation from 26 sites across VIC, NSW, ACT, WA, SA and QLD.

This will be the first prospective point prevalence study investigating nutritional status and outcomes in this high-risk patient cohort, and will be commencing in September 2019.

You can follow this study on twitter @NOURISH_UpperGI

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