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Nutrition support and dietary interventions for patients with lung cancer: current insights

Authors Kiss N

Received 7 October 2015

Accepted for publication 8 December 2015

Published 27 January 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 1—9

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/LCTT.S85347

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Pan-Chyr Yang


Nicole Kiss1,2

1Nutrition and Speech Pathology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, VIC, Australia; 2Department of Cancer Experiences Research, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Abstract: Malnutrition and weight loss are prevalent in patients with lung cancer. The impact of malnutrition on patients with cancer, and specifically in patients with lung cancer, has been demonstrated in a large number of studies. Malnutrition has been shown to negatively affect treatment completion, survival, quality of life, physical function, and health care costs. Emerging evidence is providing some insight into which lung cancer patients are at higher nutritional risk. In lung cancer patients treated with radiotherapy, stage III or more disease, treatment with concurrent chemotherapy and the extent of radiotherapy delivered to the esophagus appear to confer a higher risk of weight loss during and post-treatment. Studies investigating nutrition interventions for lung cancer patients have examined intensive dietary counseling, supplementation with fish oils, and interdisciplinary models of nutrition and exercise interventions and show promise for improved outcomes from these interventions. However, further research utilizing these interventions in large clinical trials is required to definitively establish effective interventions in this patient group.

Keywords: lung cancer, nutrition, malnutrition

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