Development and external validation of a prediction model for tube feeding dependency for at least four weeks during chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer
7 days ago - By Clinical Nutrition
Patients who receive chemoradiotherapy or bioradiotherapy for locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma often experience high toxicity rates interfering with oral intake, causing tube feeding dependency. International guidelines recommend gastrostomy insertion when the expected use of TF exceeds 4 weeks. We aimed to develop and externally validate a prediction model to identify patients who need TF ≥4 weeks and would benefit from prophylactic gastrostomy insertion.
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