Clinical Outcomes, Nutritional Status, Exercise and Psychosocial Factors in Pediatric Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (CONSEPT)

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University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center





Study type


Funder types



HUM00102331 (Other Identifier)
UMCC 2015.108

Details and patient eligibility


Children who receive hematopoietic cell transplants (HCT) are at high nutritional risk due to comorbidities and complications that are likely to develop before, during and after transplant. Prior to transplant, many children undergo multiple rounds of chemotherapy which affect appetite and cause gastrointestinal toxicities that limit food intake. During transplant, painful mucositis makes it difficult to consume adequate nutrients and often children will require nutrition support such as parenteral or enteral nutrition. Energy imbalance and physical deconditioning following transplant can result in loss of lean body mass and functional impairment; these nutritional side effects are exacerbated if the child develops graft-versus-host disease. After transplant, a substantial number of childhood cancer survivors become overweight and develop metabolic syndrome. However, little is known about the prevalence and distribution of pediatric malnutrition (under-nutrition as well as obesity), the psychosocial factors that affect dietary intake and how the quality of the child's food intake and physical activity level throughout the transplant process might affect body composition and clinical outcomes. In this exploratory study, we will monitor nutritional status in pediatric patients undergoing HCT. This study will test the feasibility of collecting patient-reported dietary intake data along with anthropometric, body composition, functional status and psychosocial measurements that may influence dietary intake in pediatric patients undergoing HCT. The data collected in this preliminary analysis will inform future interventional studies.


55 patients




2 to 25 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant patients, aged 2-25 years.
  • Participants and/or at least one caregiver must speak, read and understand English.

Exclusion criteria

  • Children younger than 2 years old at the time of their transplant or any child who is still breastfeeding will not be eligible due to the nature of the questionnaires and measurements.

Trial design

55 participants in 1 patient group

Pediatric patients
This is an observational study. Validated measures of nutritional status, dietary intake, body composition, functional status and psychosocial factors will be used to measure outcomes in study patients at 4 time-points: (1) pre-HCT (Baseline), (2) 30-days post-HCT, (3) 100-days post-HCT and (4) one year post-HCT.

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