Nutrition support and therapy in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas

Arvin C. Gee, Laszlo Kiraly, Mary S. McCarthy, Robert Martindale

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Abstract

Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) present a unique set of challenges in both the treatment of the disease and in support of the patient afflicted with the cancer. A major challenge is the nutritional support of these patients. Often, patients with HNSCC are malnourished at baseline due to an underlying dysphagia. Many others develop dysphagia as a result of their surgical resection and external beam radiation therapy. This dysphagia further exacerbates the chronic dehydration and malnutrition. This article will review strategies to provide nutritional support to HNSCC patients and also to review nutritional strategies that may decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with HNSCC treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

Keywords

  • Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas
  • Nutrition in head and neck cancer
  • Nutrition support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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