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Nutrition support in cancer patients: a brief review and suggestion for standard indications criteria

Gerson Peltz

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Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Brownsville, Biological Sciences Department, 80 Fort Brown Brownsville, TX 78520 U.S.A

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Nutrition Journal 2002, 1:1  doi:10.1186/1475-2891-1-1

Published: 30 September 2002


The indications of nutrition support in cancer patients have been subject to controversy. Most studies address the effects of the method in increasing the survival or the tumor response rate. Few studies have focused on the effects in improving quality of life.

After a brief review, we described the results of a study, which evaluated the effects of protein-caloric supplementation on the quality of life parameters in a group of head and neck cancer patients submitted to radiotherapy. The results support the suggestion of creating standard criteria to indicate nutrition support in cancer patients.

Based on our findings, nutrition support should be indicated for cancer patients considering the potential effects to improve the quality of life.

nutrition support; cancer; quality of life