Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1287

Date

2014

Date of Award

12-2-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Ruth Williams-Hooker

Committee Member

Lawrence Weiss

Committee Member

Karen Smith

Committee Member

April Brock

Abstract

Overall 5-year survival rates for children with cancer have improved and are above 80%.39 Studies indicate that childhood cancer survivors have an increased risk for being overweight or obese due to treatment-related complications.14 Therefore, the correct assessment of weight status in pediatric oncology patients is important in identifying those patients at risk for being overweight or obesity. Neck circumference, ideal body weight percentage, and body mass index were compared to the Tanita© bioelectrical impedance analyzer measure of body fat in 27 pediatric oncology patients with leukemia and lymphoma. BMI was found to be in better agreement with the BIA than neck circumference or percent ideal body weight, but did now show a significant relationship. However, this study had a small sample size and more research needs to be done to determine the best method for assessing which patients may be at risk for being overweight or obese after cancer therapy.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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