Nutrition status and health-related quality of life among outpatients with advanced head and neck cancer

Urvashi Mulasi (First author), D.M. Vock, Harriët Jager-Wittenaar, L. Teigen, A.J. Kuchnia, G. Jha, N. Fujioka, V. Rudrapatna, M.R. Patel, Carrie Earthman

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Abstract

This pilot study evaluated nutrition status and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes among outpatients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Data were collected from 19 patients (18 males, 1 female) during 3 time points: once before chemoradiotherapy (CRT) initiation and 1 and 3 months after CRT. Nutrition status was evaluated using the Scored Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA). Malnutrition was defined as PG-SGA stage B (moderate/suspected malnutrition) or stage C (severely malnourished). HRQOL was assessed through the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) and its HNC-specific module (QLQ-H&N35). We found that well-nourished patients reported having fewer issues with pain, fatigue, appetite loss, chewing, sticky saliva, coughing, and social eating than those categorized as malnourished (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1137
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Volume35
Issue number6
Early online date5 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • nutrition
  • cancer patients

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