Specific Nutritional Supplement (Supportan®) in the Supportive Care of the Radio-Chemotherapy Treatment of Head and Neck Cancers: Biochemical Parameters. Preliminary Study

Author(s): Octavio Casbarien, Pablo Cresta, Carolina Silva, Maria S. Feliu, Alejandra Badia, Norberto L. Delgado, Alfredo Navigante, Nora Slobodianik

Journal Name: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets
Formerly Current Drug Targets - Immune, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders

Volume 13 , Issue 4 , 2013

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Background: This is a preliminary study of a specific nutritional supplement –Supportan® - for the clinical support of patients with locally advanced head and neck (H&N) cancers who underwent treatment with concurrent radiochemotherapy (RT-CHT).

Material and Methods: Seven patients received nutritional supplement (Supportan®) plus habitual diet during a median time of treatment with RT on 7.8 weeks plus concurrent weekly CHT(S). Specific serum protein fractions as a potential useful tool to evaluate the nutritional status were determined. The main objective was to assess the compliance with the above-mentioned treatment.

Results: Patients completed the nutritional support, 5 / 7 patients via oral route and 2/7 patients through nasogastric tube. All studied patients, that completed treatment, had not severe mucositis –ulcera, hemrraghe and/ or infection. None of them had another severe toxicity by treatment nor had impairment of Pefomance Status. No differences in all specific sera proteins were observed between S and To.

Conclusion: In this preliminary study of few patients, we have observed a potential usefulness of Supportan® in the compliance of concurrent RT-CHT in patients with H&N cancers; moreover, its administration was useful to maintain the initial biochemical nutritional profile.

Keywords: Biochemical parameters, neck and Head cancer, nutritional status, nutritional supplement, radio-chemotherapy.

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Year: 2013
Published on: 24 February, 2014
Page: [348 - 350]
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.2174/1871530313666131122151325
Price: $65

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