Food4Health is a collaboration between EIT Health and EIT Food, that aims to mobilize major European players from industry, government, research and education, to improve the health and well-being of European citizens with innovations for healthy eating.

Cancer treatment can be very demanding on the body with side effects such as nausea and vomiting, and taste alterations; and, according to a study by Nitenberg et al, between 30 to 85% of people with cancer become malnourished during the course of their illness, depending on the type, location, stage of the tumor and treatment.

Malnutrition in cancer is associated with weight loss, predominantly due to cancer cachexia, a multi-factorial syndrome characterized by the ongoing depletion of muscle mass, with or without a loss of fat mass. This loss of muscle mass cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support and leads to progressive functional decline.

Low muscle mass in cancer has a prevalence of 15%-60% and a causative factor for: Toxicity (dose limiting), shorter time to tumor progression, post-operative complications, and decreased survival.

Research has shown specific interventions through tailormade nutrition or physical activity programs may prevent cancer-related muscle loss and enable patients to benefit fully from cancer treatment.

The Food4Health project MuscleCancer aims to develop different solutions for the preservation of muscle mass in cancer patients that combine physical activity, eating habits and mobile applications.



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