Nutrition in Older Patients with Cancer


Description of program:

Cancer can affect the nutrition status of patients in many ways, throughout diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. It is extremely important for practitioners to understand the interventions that are available to improve a patient’s nutrition status to assure the best outcomes and patient care. This course prepares the practitioner to recognize risks, as well as key care components in the optimization of an older adult’s nutrition before, during, and after cancer. Practitioners will learn how to address nutrition in various settings such as the community, outpatient and inpatient.

 Objectives include

  • Identify ways to optimize nutrition in older adults
  • Discuss common dietary supplements used by older adults and discuss risks and benefits
  • Explain indications as well as contraindications for the use of enteral and parenteral nutrition in older adults
  • Identify factors that contribute to food insecurity in older adults and ways to intervene


This online module is currently offered at no cost

As part of the MSK Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), awarded and supported by Grant  Number U1QHP28705 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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