Palliative care consists of medical care or treatment that focuses on alleviating disease symptoms, rather than delaying or reversing progression of the disease. It is given when a cure is not possible to help patients have the best quality of life through relieving pain and suffering. Diet and nutritional support play an integral part of the patient's holistic well-being. Following the tradition of its predecessor, this new edition presents nutritional guidelines and diet therapy used in palliative care. Fully updated and revised, the new edition helps health practitioners achieve best practice with patients for end of life care.
Table of Contents
Setting the Scene. The Need for a Specialized Interest in Food and Nutrition in Palliative Care. What do we Mean by Palliative Care? The World’s Major Religions’ View on End-of Life Issues. Why Surgeons are Ambivalent about Palliative Treatments. Sedation in Palliative Care and its Impact on Nutrition. Quality of Life Aspects of Diet and Nutrition in Dying Children. Nutrition and Quality of Life in Adults Receiving Palliative Care. Refractory Cancer Cachexia. Assisting Healthcare Facilities. Palliative Care Communications. Pain Control in Palliative Care. Cultural Aspects. Nutrition and Hydration: Japanese Perspectives. Nutrition Support in Palliative Care: Chinese Perspectives. Indian Perspectives. Cultural Aspects of Foregoing Tube Feeding. General Aspects. Stents in the GI Tract in Palliative Care. Artificial Nutrition. Support for Hydration at End of Life. Palliative Treatment of Dysphagia. Fatigue in Hospice Cancer patients. Constipation. Taste Alteration. Olfactory in Hospice Patients. Withholding Nutritional Support in European Countries. Cancer. Cachexia Related Suffering. GI Side Effects in Tumor Therapy. Upper GI symptoms. Palliative Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer. Total Parenteral Nutrition. Vitamin Deficiency. Appetite and Nausea. Palliative Gastrojejunostomy. Non-Cancer Conditions. Nutritional Support in the Vegetative State. Appetite Regulation in Renal Failure. Nutrition in End Stage Liver Disease. The Motor Disease. Nutritional Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Pharmacological Aspects. Cannabinoids. Steroids. Stimulants in CF. Nutrition and Warfarin Interaction. Case Studies and Resources. Malnutrition in Esophageal Cancer. Nutrition in Advanced Dementia. Pain Control in Palliative Care. Research and Resources.