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Nutriční podpora a zajištění výživy u nemocných se zhoubnými nádory hlavy a krku

Title in English Nutrition Support in Head and Neck Cancer


Year of publication 2016
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Description Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer are often malnourished. Severe malnutrition can be presented at the time of primary diagnosis. Weight loss is strong independent prognostic factor and limitates treatment options. Malnutrition should be recognised as soon as possible and adequate nutrition should be important part of oncological treatment. If oral intake is restricted or limited to dysphagia, pain or side effects of radiation or surgery, alternative ways of nutrition should be realised. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostoma (PEG) is frequently used and helps to reach sufficient enteral intake. Oral nutrition supplements are indicated in patients with preserved but insufficient oral intake.

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