The patient experience of having a feeding tube during treatment for head and neck cancer: A systematic literature review.

Affiliation

The Wollongong Hospital, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW, Australia, 2500; School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, 2522. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) can experience severe weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration which can cause treatment delays. Enteral feeding can reduce the risk of these. However, the use of feeding tubes (FT), including FT type and placement timing is debated. This paper aimed to describe the patient experience of having a FT during treatment for HNC.

Keywords

Enteral feeding,Feeding tube,Head and neck cancer,Patient experience,Qualitative research,Review,

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