Current Diabetes Reports

, 19:149 | Cite as

Hospitalization as an Opportunity to Optimize Glycemic Control in Oncology Patients

  • Amy HiestandEmail author
  • James Flory
  • Ritika Chitkara
Hospital Management of Diabetes (A Wallia and JJ Seley, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Hospital Management of Diabetes


Purpose of Review

Many patients experience hyperglycemia during cancer treatment, either as a new-onset condition or as an exacerbation of existing diabetes. This can impact treatment and outcomes, increasing the risk of complications and worsening health-related quality of life (HRQoL). These issues may be particularly significant when patients are hospitalized and/or acutely ill. The purpose of this review is to identify common barriers and strategies specific to the inpatient setting to improve glycemic control and minimize complications both while patients are hospitalized and after discharge.

Recent Findings

Hyperglycemia in patients who are hospitalized during cancer treatment is common, but there is a lack of consensus on goals and approaches to glycemic management in this setting. Hyperglycemia related to oncology treatment can have unusual causes and challenges in management. Organizational guidelines can help standardize treatment and guide providers in managing hyperglycemia in oncology patients during hospitalization and upon discharge. Hospitalization is a critical period that provides an opportunity to reassess and modify management plans, coordinate follow-up care, and, crucially, educate and empower patients to successfully manage their blood glucose levels once they are discharged. Emerging technology such as patient portals can facilitate hyperglycemia management after discharge.


This review discusses evidences and strategies to utilize the period of hospitalization to develop and implement an individualized plan of care for patients with concurrent hyperglycemia and cancer.


Oncology Diabetes Hyperglycemia Steroid-induced hyperglycemia Diabetes education Discharge Cancer treatment 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Amy Hiestand and Ritika Chitkara declare that they have no conflict of interest.

James Flory reports personal fees from Genentech.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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