ESSO Webinar: Why should Surgeons pay more Attention to Malnutrition in Cancer Patients?

09 December, 2021 - Closed

Venue: Online

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm CET


Malnutrition is highly prevalent in cancer patients as 15 to 40% of patients report weight loss at diagnosis. It is estimated that 40 to 80% of all cancer patients will be malnourished during the course of the disease. Furthermore, malnutrition can influence treatment outcomes, delay wound healing, worsen muscle function and increase the risk of post-operative complications. Metabolic and nutritional alterations consequent to malnutrition can influence survival and recovery of cancer patients leading to sarcopenia and cachexia. Sarcopenia is characterised by a decrease in lean body mass with an impact both on strength and physical function that may decrease the quality of life, and is often overlooked. Cancer cachexia is a complex multifactorial syndrome that results from a combination of metabolic alterations, systemic inflammation and decreased appetite.

The aim of the webinar is to give an actual snapshot of the assessment and accessibility to nutritional risk treatments in surgical cancer patients, and to underline the importance of  a multidisciplinary team to define efficient strategies that can improve quality of care and the effectiveness of a correct approach even in challenging situations as cachexia.

Main topics

  • The ESSO- EYSAC survey on malnutrition: Awareness of surgical oncology community about the importance of nutritional screening and treatment within a multidisciplinary setting
  • Cancer cachexia and surgery: Is the diagnosis of cachexia compatible with surgeries for cancer outside the palliative intent
  •  How can we treat cachexia and can the length of nutritional support potentially clash with surgical timing
  • The role of ONS



Sergio Sandrucci, San Giovanni Battista Hospital, Turin, IT

Faculty members

Jann Arends, Tumor Biology Center Freiburg, Freiburg, DE
Andreas Brandl, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, PT


Cancer Cachexia in surgical patients: still and irreversible problem? 
J. Arends 

ESSO- EYSAC survey on malnutrition assessment and treatment strategies in oncologic surgical patients (20')
A. Brandl

Q&A session 
All faculty

Target participants

  • Surgical Oncologists
  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Oncology nurses
  • Medical oncologists

Participation and Registration fee

The webinar is for free to all. A zoom link will be sent to participants few days before the event.


An application has been made to the ACOE (Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe) for CME accreditation of this event.

Before applying please read carefully the ESSO Terms and Conditions for Educational Live Events.
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This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from 

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