Managing the nutritional status of people with oesophagogastric cancer: a literature review
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Evidence and practice    

Managing the nutritional status of people with oesophagogastric cancer: a literature review

Stella Watson Community staff nurse, HCRG Care Group, Farnham, England
Tanya Andrewes Senior lecturer, Department of Nursing Science, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the nutritional issues that patients may experience following treatment for oesophagogastric cancer

  • To learn about the latest research on patients’ experiences following an oesophagectomy

  • To understand the role of nurses in providing nutritional support and optimising quality of life

Following an oesophagectomy for oesophagogastric cancer, patients can experience significant issues such as dysphagia, weight loss and malnutrition, which means that they require nutritional support. This article details a literature review that sought to explore the experience of patients who had undergone an oesophagectomy, as well as investigating how nurses might enhance the management of patients’ nutritional status. Analysis of data from six primary qualitative research studies led to the identification of three themes: feelings associated with eating and maintaining nutritional status; social disengagement and isolation; and managing bodily impairments. Nurses should initiate early discussions with patients with oesophagogastric cancer to assess their nutritional needs, ensure prompt referral to a dietitian and/or clinical nurse specialist in nutrition, and signpost patients to appropriate support services.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2022.e1829

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Watson S, Andrewes T (2022) Managing the nutritional status of people with oesophagogastric cancer: a literature review. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2022.e1829

Published online: 08 November 2022

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