Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Tamblyn, Perrin LeAnne, "Evaluating Weight Status of Pediatric Oncology Patients: A Pilot Study" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1082.