Nutritional support for patients with malignant tumors



Nutritional support is an integral aspect of caring for patients burdened with advanced onсological disease. Following the development of palliative medicine, it draws a growing body of attention from medical community suggesting the expansion of practical use indications. Nowadays rational nutritional support is defined as a combined approach including wide implementation of supplementary nutrition along with physical activity, drug therapy and psychological consulting. It is usually carefully designed with a help of nutritionist, administered individually and prioritises the initial use of physiological non-invasive forms of nutrition.Artificial nutrition also appears to have benefit when used for patients at the end of life, but requires the critical consideration of indications and contraindications to minimise possible impairment of quality or even duration of life