Symposium highlights the importance of nutrition as part of treatment plan in surgical oncology

Sep 26, 2011
Nestlé Health Science

Vevey, Switzerland

  • Immunonutrition is clinically beneficial in cancer surgery patients
  • Perioperative nutrition support is clinically proven to improve patient outcomes
  • Malnutrition significantly affects treatment outcomes of patients undergoing GI cancer surgery


The importance of immunonutrition as an integral part of the treatment protocol in cancer patients before and after surgery was highlighted at a Nestlé Nutrition Institute Satellite Symposium at the ESPEN 33rd Annual Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. Opening the Congress on 3 September 2011, the Symposium heard from leading experts in head and neck cancer and gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer Professor Pierre Déchelotte, Head of the Nutrition Unit and Supportive Care Department, University Hospital of Rouen, France, chaired the panel of speakers which included Professor Christophe Mariette of University Hospital of Lille, France, who highlighted the importance and value of immunonutrition as part of a treatment plan in GI cancer surgery; Professor Zeno Stanga of University Hospital Bern, Switzerland, discussed the nutrition and morbidity of colorectal cancer surgery patients; Professor Scott Magnuson of The University of Alabama, USA, discussed the factors associated with feeding tube dependence in head and neck cancer patients; finally Prof. Déchelotte spoke about the economic burden of diarrhea in cancer patients. Summarising the symposium Prof. Déchelotte commented, “There is very strong evidence of the value of nutrition before and after surgery for cancer patients. We need to look at the use of nutritional and pharmacological approaches to improve patient quality of life.”


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Symposium highlights the importance of nutrition as part of treatment plan in surgical oncology