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Medycyna Paliatywna/Palliative Medicine
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4/2019
vol. 11
 
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Case report

Parenteral nutrition in a patient with advanced cancer

Krystyna Maria Domagała
1
,
Katarzyna Anna Blacharska-Krzanowska
2
,
Katarzyna Anna Strzępek
2

1.
Oddział Medycyny Paliatywnej Szpitala Uniwersyteckiego w Krakowie
2.
Klinika Leczenia Bólu i Opieki Paliatywnej, Collegium Medicum Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
Medycyna Paliatywna 2019; 11(4): 184–187
Online publish date: 2020/03/04
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Parenteral nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of the malnourished or those at risk of malnutrition, in whom it is not possible to supply natural food through the gastrointestinal tract. Until recently, this procedure was carried out in a hospital setting and mainly concerned patients of surgical, intensive care, and paediatric departments. In recent years, parenteral nutrition has also been used in patients with advanced cancer, hospitalised in palliative medicine departments, as well as at home. The article presents the case of a patient with inoperable gastric cancer after ineffective palliative chemotherapy, in whom parenteral nutrition was used and was carried out within four months. In the opinion of both the patient and the doctors, nutritional treatment significantly improved the patient’s quality of life and was withdrawn during dying due to the progression of cancer.
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palliative medicine, malnutrition, gastrointestinal dysfunction, parenteral nutrition

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