Home parenteral nutrition in elderly patients with cancer: An observational prospective study [Nutrition parentérale à domicile chez la personne âgée atteinte dun cancer: une étude observationnelle prospective]
Seys P.,Polyclinique Privee |
Tadmouri A.,Clin Search |
Senesse P.,Val DAurelle |
Radji A.,Center Frederic Joliot |
And 5 more authors.
Bulletin du Cancer | Year: 2014
Introduction. Malnutrition is a bad prognostic factor that reduces the quality of life (QoL) in patients with cancer. The objective was to assess the impact of home parenteral nutrition (HPN) on the QoL of elderly malnourished patients with cancer. Patients and methods. This French prospective observational study included patients, aged 70 years or older, with cancer, for whom HPN was prescribed for at least 14 days. The patient, the physician and a family member or home caregiver had to fill in a questionnaire at inclusion and 28 days later. Results. Included patients (n = 221) were mainly suffering from a digestive cancer. After HPN intake, improved weight was noticed in 68% and 14% of patients had reached the target weight. Improved global QoL was reported in 59% of patients. Physicians noticed a significant improvement for the same compounds. Conclusion. These results suggest a benefit of the HPN on the nutritional status and QoL in elderly patients with cancer. Further controlled randomised trials are needed to prove the benefit of HPN in the routine management of these patients. © John Libbey Eurotext.