Value of Supplementary Parenteral Nutrition During Primary or Postoperative Radiation Therapy of Esophageal Cancer
Figure 1 shows that before any radiation therapy the average oral food intake is between 1700 and 2000 calories/day. Between the 2nd and the 4th week this intake drops to between 300 and 900 calories/day. One week after radiation therapy has ended, oral intake increases gradually to between 1300 and 2000 calories/day, a level lower than before therapy began. Therefore we believe that parenteral nutrition — starting at the same time as the radiation therapy — could compensate for the insufficient oral intake and improve the patients’ conditions.
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