Grant to fund cancer-related nutrition study in Guatemala awarded to Dr. Elena Ladas

In collaboration with the Medical Director of Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Dr. Federico Antillion and Dr. Ronald Barr, the investigators will examine the role of body composition used to define nutritional status and its relationship with treatment-related toxicities and outcome.  The outcome of this research will provide information so that clinicians can correctly identify those children at nutritional risk.  The long-term goals are to identify the point at which a clinical intervention is necessary and then to prevent the adverse changes in body composition, gain in fat mass with loss of lean body mass – notably muscle (sarcopenic obesity), without compromising the efficacy of treatment.