The importance of optimizing nutritional status in patients under | 33816
Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9600

The importance of optimizing nutritional status in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy

6th International Conference and Exhibition on Nutrition

September 14-16, 2016 San Antonio, USA

Alison Burton-Shepherd

Vocare Group, UK

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nutr Food Sci

Abstract :

Chemo-radiotherapy (CRT) causes or exacerbates symptoms, such as alteration or loss of taste, mucositis, xerostomia, fatigue, nausea and vomiting with consequent worsening of malnutrition. It is well known that radiotherapy is invariably associated with mucositis, xerostomia, dysphagia, hematological toxicities and other acute side effects, whose incidence increases when chemotherapy is also administered and that oral mucositis incidence leads to higher unplanned breaks and delays in radiotherapy administration. In addition, in many patients such toxicities may be very severe and even life threatening and may lead to treatment interruptions that are invariably associated with poorer outcome. This presentation will review best practice in the nutritional management of patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Biography :