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“A detailed assessment should be made prior to the decision about whether parenteral nutrition should be started” Orrevall (2015).

Reference:

Orrevall, Y. (2015) Parenteral nutrition in the elderly cancer patient. Nutrition. 31(4), p.610-1.

Abstract:

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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