Parenteral Nutrition in Advanced Cancer: Indications and Clinical Practice Guidelines

Mirhosseini, Noush; Fainsinger, Robin L.; Baracos, Vickie
October 2005
Journal of Palliative Medicine;Oct2005, Vol. 8 Issue 5, p914
Academic Journal
Cachexia is a disturbing and disfiguring aspect of many advanced cancers. Parenteral nutrition (PN) is a controversial and expensive treatment for cancer cachexia. Guidelines for the use of PN for these patients have been suggested. These two case reports will highlight some of the issues around the etiology of cancer cachexia, the clinical dilemmas and the use of clinical practice guidelines.


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