Weight and Height in Children Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

Aeltsje Brinksma*, Petrie F. Roodbol, Esther Sulkers, H. Louise Hooimeijer, Pieter J. J. Sauer, Eric van Sonderen, Eveline S. J. M. de Bont, Wim J. E. Tissing

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Background. Although weight loss and lack of linear growth occur in children with cancer, growth history is not included in research that aims to determine nutritional status in children newly diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, this study aimed to determine weight loss and lack of linear growth in this patient group. Procedure. Weight and height were recorded in 95 children (ages 1.5-10 years) at diagnosis and compared with data predicted from growth curves. Age, gender, type of malignancy, extent of disease, and prior weight and height were tested for their potential relation to differences between actual and predicted data. Results. The incidence of undernutrition, based on z-scores for weight-for-age (WFA), height-for-age (HFA), and weight-for-height (WFH), was 2%, 4%, and 7%, respectively. Actual z-scores were lower than predicted z-scores. Differences between actual and predicted z-scores of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric blood & cancer
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2015


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