“A detailed assessment should be made prior to the decision about whether parenteral nutrition should be started” Orrevall (2015).
Orrevall, Y. (2015) Parenteral nutrition in the elderly cancer patient. Nutrition. 31(4), p.610-1.
Parenteral nutrition may be considered when oral intake and/or enteral nutrition are not sufficient to maintain nutritional status and the patient is likely to die sooner from starvation than from the cancer. A detailed assessment should be made prior to the decision about whether parenteral nutrition should be started. A follow up plan should be documented with objective and patient centred treatment goals as well as specific time points for evaluation.
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