Journal article

Early and Intensive Dietary Counseling in Lung Cancer Patients Receiving (Chemo)Radiotherapy-A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Nicole Kiss, Elisabeth Isenring, Karla Gough, Greg Wheeler, Andrew Wirth, Belinda A Campbell, Meinir Krishnasamy

NUTRITION AND CANCER-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Malnutrition is prevalent in patients undergoing (chemo)radiotherapy (RT) for lung cancer. This pilot study tested the feasibility and acceptability of delivering an intensive nutrition intervention for lung cancer patients receiving RT. Twenty-four patients with lung cancer were randomized to receive the intervention which employed a care pathway to guide intensive dietary counseling from pretreatment until 6-wk posttreatment or usual care. Nutritional, fatigue, and functional outcomes were assessed using valid and reliable questionnaires before randomization, at the start and end of RT and 1- and 3-mo post-RT. Consent rate was 57% with an overall attrition of 37%. Subject compliance with t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This trial was registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR) under trial registration number ACTRN12612000180819. The authors would like to thank dietitians Jenelle Loeliger, Fiona Rezannah, Hannah Ray, AiVee Lim, Jane Harrowfield, Kirsty Rowan, and Erin Kennedy; and Dr. Sarah Everitt for their support of the study. The study was supported by a PhD scholarship from the Victorian Cancer Agency.