Investigating the Role of Parenteral Nutrition in Managing Inoperable Bowel Obstruction in Women with Ovarian Cancer.

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Bowel obstruction is a common symptom of advanced ovarian cancer, affecting between 20% and 50% of women. It can limit a person’s ability to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration, leading to poor health and reduced quality of life. Parenteral nutrition (PN) can help to prevent malnutrition and dehydration. There is currently a lack of research to inform clinical practice in this area.
We are carrying out research to understand how parenteral nutrition is being used in palliative and end of life care to manage bowel obstruction. The study, funded by Marie Curie, involves speaking with women with ovarian cancer who are being considered for or are receiving PN, as well as their families and doctors. The aim is to explore current practice of the treatment and look at the factors that influence teams in deciding whether to offer feeding into a vein. We are also investigating what patients, families and health professionals think about PN as a form of symptom management.
We are also looking for people who have cared for a friend or family member treated with bowel obstruction caused by cancer during end of life care to comment on our research findings. For more information contact Anne Marie Sowerbutts or go to the Citizen Science website
There is uncertainty around the role of artificial nutrition, including PN, in women with ovarian cancer in palliation and end of life care. It is envisaged that the findings of this study will help health professionals and women with advanced ovarian cancer in bowel obstruction make decisions about parenteral nutrition.
Short titleR:KCC BURS9
Effective start/end date1/06/1630/11/18


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