The changing landscape of head and neck cancer radiotherapy patients: is high-risk, prolonged feeding tube use indicative of on-treatment weight loss?
Nigel J Anderson, James E Jackson, Morikatsu Wada, Michal Schneider, Michael Poulsen, Maureen Rolfo, Maziar Fahandej, Hui Gan, Vincent Khoo
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL RADIATION SCIENCES | WILEY | Published : 2019
INTRODUCTION: Precision radiotherapy relies heavily on optimal weight management. Our group previously developed a risk stratification model for patients at risk of prolonged feeding tube (FT) intervention. The study objective was to assess on-treatment weight loss according to stratified risk of prolonged FT use. METHODS: One hundred and one (n = 101) definitive head and neck radiotherapy patients were included in this study. Patients were stratified into high risk (HRi: T-classification ≥ 3 with level 2 Nodal disease), high-intermediate risk (HIRi: T-classification ≥ 3 without level 2 Nodes) and low-intermediate risk (LIRi: T-classification < 3 with level 2 Nodes) of prolonged FT use. Demo..View full abstract