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Development of a Screening Tool to Detect and Stage Cachectic Cancer Patients

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Trial Information

Development of a Screening Tool to Detect and Stage Cachectic Cancer Patients

In this cross-sectional study, the participants will complete 4 times a set of
questionnaires and measurements. The data that will be collected is:

age; sex; height; weight; type of tumour; classification of malignant tumours (TNM);
progression of tumour and used therapy; blood sample to analyse albumin, creatine,
hemoglobin, LDH and CRP; use of parental nutrition; dietary assessment; use of nutritional
supplements; Quality of Life by using the EORTC-QlQ; Subjective Global Assessment; presence
of Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy; use of enteral or parenteral nutrition; body
composition based on a Bio Impedance Assessment; hand grip strength and mid upper arm
circumference. Based on all these data points a easy to use tool/score for a hospital
setting will be created. During the first assessment the measurements will be done in the
morning and the evening to test the reproducibility.

Inclusion Criteria:

- New Diagnosed Patients With Primary Head and Neck Cancer Neoplasms

- New Diagnosed Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Neoplasms

- New Diagnosed Patients With Metastatic Colonic Neoplasms

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients With Other Primary Neoplasms

- Patients Already in Therapy

- Patients With Non-metastatic Colonic or Pancreatic Neoplasms

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional

Outcome Measure:

Nutritional Assessment

Outcome Description:

Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment Instrument is a measure for the nutritional status of the participants. The final score of this instruments devides participants into three categories: well-nourished, moderately nourished or suspected malnourished.

Outcome Time Frame:

4 times in 6 months

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Ignace Vergote, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven


Belgium: The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

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Start Date:

March 2012

Completion Date:

June 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Cachexia
  • Cachexia