Palliative/Supportive Care for the Patient with Cancer

Author(s): Anne Coble Voss, PhD & Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD, LD


Cancer-associated malnutrition results in weight loss and a decline in lean body mass. Patients and families desire assistance in managing nutrition-related symptoms to maintain strength, energy and quality of life. Guidance is provided on handling side effects of treatment, dietary intake, and helping the patient to maintain control. Recent studies demonstrate early supportive care including nutrition can improve survival.
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Anne Coble Voss, PhD

Dr Anne Coble Voss joined Abbott Nutrition in 1993 and is an Associate Research Fellow in the prestigious Volwiler Society of Abbott Laboratories. Dr Voss has international experience in the creation of guidelines for oncology and serves on the Oncology Evidence Analysis Library work group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has extensive experience in nutrition research in patients with cancer induced weight loss and has developed novel product for adults with cancer induced weight loss. Prior to joining Abbott Nutrition, Dr Voss worked for the College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has published over 75 journal articles, monographs, and book chapters, and is listed in Who's Who in the World for her discovery of the de novo biosynthetic pathway of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), important in the development of brain and retina in newborn babies. Dr Voss earned her undergraduate degree in Medical Dietetics and a PhD in nutritional biochemistry from The Ohio State University. She recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, a President’s Award, and a Luminary Award from Abbott Laboratories.

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Mary Ann Cockram, MS, RD, LD

Mary Ann Cockram joined Abbott Nutrition in 2003 and is a Research Scientist in Scientific and Medical Affairs. She provides clinical support and nutrition science education to both internal and external customers for the adult therapeutic critical care, renal, and oncology products. Mary Ann earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. Her previous clinical experience includes working with adult patients in the hospital, nursing home, and clinical research settings. Mary Ann is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

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