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Novel approaches to identify sarcopenia in newly diagnosed cancer patients

This study will provide evidence on the prevalence and prognostic value of sarcopenia at diagnosis among KPNC colorectal cancer patients diagnosed from 2005-2013. Sarcopenia will be assessed through the qualitative determination of an expert radiologist using visual inspection, and validated against research staff’s semi-quantitative assessment using SliceOmatic software. Radiology, oncology and physical therapy providers will be surveyed about acceptance, relevant workflows, barriers and facilitators to implementing a referral system for physical therapy or resistance training among patients determined to have low muscle at diagnosis.


Funder: Northern California Community Benefit Programs

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