Nutrition information and support during cancer care

 According to a recent Ipsos survey commissioned by Danone, 64% of patients with cancer in Europe report nutritional problems that include loss of appetite, dry mouth, and nausea3. These symptoms often lead to weight loss and malnutrition, disrupting treatment plans, and affecting overall quality of life, recovery, and treatment outcomes.

83% of patients deem nutrition an essential topic for their medical care, yet many struggle to identify where to look for advice when they experience eating problems or lose weight. The survey also shows that access to nutritional information during treatment remains irregular. One in four patients say they have not received help or advice in this area, while many do their own research on nutrition. It is crucial to ensure patients have access to credible and timely nutrition advice to support their treatment outcomes.

A partnership at the intersection of digital health and nutrition

Danone is proud to announce a new partnership with Resilience for the development of a nutrition support module for patients with cancer that is now integrated in the Resilience digital oncology solution.

Resilience is a remote patient care solution. Through its platform used by healthcare professionals and its mobile application dedicated to patients with cancer, Resilience combines patient monitoring and tools to help manage treatment-related side effects in a comprehensive solution. Its remote monitoring medical device is now recognized by the French health authorities for all adult patients undergoing systemic cancer treatment. Danone is committed to bringing health through food to as many as possible, also during critical times in life. As a longstanding pioneer in medical nutrition, the company collaborates with healthcare professionals, patient associations and other partners, so that nutrition becomes an integral part of healthcare.

This partnership combines Danone’s expertise about the role of nutrition during illness and health with Resilience’s ability to reinvent patient care and drive the digital healthcare transition. As part of this partnership, Danone’s researchers and medical experts shared findings from peer-reviewed clinical research, and scientific literature and other resources on nutrition during cancer.

Katrien van Laere, Senior VP R&I and Medical Nutritional Science for Danone comments on the partnership: “We are proud to partner with Resilience and share all we have learnt over the years about the role of nutrition in cancer. With partnerships like these we hope to contribute to patient wellbeing and better outcomes for everyone impacted by cancer every day. We are excited Resilience is expanding its digital oncology solutions with evidence-based nutrition modules and screening tools.”

Screening for malnutrition for better patient outcomes

 With the partnership and through the independently developed nutrition tools and content, Resilience aims to improve cancer-related malnutrition care by empowering patients and supporting healthcare professionals in achieving better patient outcomes. As part of its vision to detect patients’ vulnerabilities in order to anticipate treatment dropout, Resilience now offers tools and education materials for medical professionals to help understand, screen and address malnutrition. For example, the solution allows healthcare professionals to detect the patient’s risk of malnutrition and then to take timely action to address it. Resilience also developed over 40 assets for patients in its mobile application, answering patients’ questions around eating and symptom management through personalized articles, expert interviews, patient testimonials and a podcast series. With the support of the app, patients can now better monitor and manage their nutritional status during cancer treatment and recovery.

The nutrition pilot of Resilience was launched in France in December for all of Resilience’s application patients with the possibility to expand to more users and geographies in the coming months and years. As cancer strongly affects the daily lives of patients, particularly in their daily diet, patient-centric, holistic health solutions become a necessary tool for care management.

Dr Charles Ferté Chief Medical and Patient officer of Resilience specifies:” We are pleased to partner with Danone to combine our expertise in remote patient care with their knowledge of cancer and nutrition. We intend to improve cancer-related malnutrition care by supporting healthcare professionals in the early detection of nutrition issues, and in empowering patients to achieve better outcomes. In patient care, this is the first time we address patients’ vulnerabilities early on with the aim to increase treatment adherence. This project is completely in line with the holistic approach of Resilience and our aim to redefine patient care and to personalize the care pathway.”