Weight Management: Perception, Interest, and Preferences in Adult Cancer Survivors?.

Clinical journal of oncology nursing

PubMedID: 28107315

Zhang FF, Meagher S, Koch-Weser S, Singer M, Dhaundiyal G, Erban J, Saltzman E. Weight Management: Perception, Interest, and Preferences in Adult Cancer Survivors?. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2017;21(1):65-71.
BACKGROUND
Obesity in cancer survivors has been recognized as a growing crisis in cancer care, but cancer survivors may not perceive weight status as important and may not be motivated to manage weight. ?.

OBJECTIVES
This study aims to evaluate survivors' perception, interest, and preferences for weight management and to identify characteristics that may affect attitudes toward weight management. ?.

METHODS
This cross-sectional survey assessed cancer survivors' attitudes toward weight management with patients attending oncology outpatient clinics at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. ?.

FINDINGS
Among 209 respondents who completed the survey, 35% were overweight and 27% were obese. Most participants indicated that they would like to lose weight or were interested or very interested in participating in weight management programs. The results reinforce the need for the oncology team to provide weight management support to cancer survivors.