Cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for both patients and the people around them. For many reasons, the incidence of cancer is expected to rise over the coming years. An aging population, urbanisation, decrease in exercise, obesity and smoking are all contributing to the increasing numbers.
One of the most common physical changes experienced is weight loss; in fact one in three cancer patients are likely to lose weight at some point during their illness. There are lots of reasons for this, from reduced food intake due to psychological factors, or physical limitations and metabolic changes caused by the disease and/or its treatment.
The role of nutrition
Cancer patients can experience a range of nutritional problems, including poor appetite, weight loss and/or swallowing problems. Some of these issues can be caused by the cancer itself, while some are due to the effects of treatment. The links between undernutrition and recovery ('clinical outcomes') are well known and include a reduced response to chemotherapy, higher hospital readmission rates and a lower quality of life.
At Nutricia we strive to make a positive and proven difference in patients' lives, by supporting patients, carers & societies throughout the journey and helping deliver a better quality of life.
Collaboration with Societies
Stories of pioneering nutritional discoveries
Learn more about how Nutricia are looking at ways of improving outcomes for cancer patients waiting for, undergoing or recovering from treatment.
The Cancer Care portfolio
FortiCare is a nutritionally complete, high energy (1.6kcal/ml), high protein, ready to drink, milkshake-style medical nutrition product. It is enriched with n-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre. FortiCare can be used to supplement the diet of patients unable to meet their nutritional requirements from other foods, or used as a sole source of nutrition.
Fortimel Compact Protein
A high protein, energy dense oral nutritional supplement, enriched with all essential minerals, vitamins and trace elements. Provides a similar nutritional value to that of standard 200ml supplement but in a smaller (125ml) volume to aid compliance. Fortimel Compact Protein is a food for special medical purposes for the dietary management of disease related malnutrition and must be used under medical supervision.
Fortimel Compact Energy
An energy dense 1.5 kcal/ml), moderate protein oral nutritional supplement, enriched with all essential minerals, vitamins and trace elements. Provides a similar nutritional value to that of standard 200ml supplement but in a smaller (125ml) volume to aid compliance. Gluten and lactose free. Fortimel Compact Energy is a food for special medical purposes for the dietary management of disease related malnutrition and must be used under medical supervision.
A high energy, nutritionally incomplete and long chain triglyceride fat emulsion consisting of approximately 50% LCT fat and 50% water. Calogen is a medical nutrition product for patients who are unable to meet their energy requirements from normal food and drink. Calogen is suitable for patients requiring electrolyte restrictions, can be used to replace milk in protein restricted diets, and can be used as an energy enhancer in tube and sip feeds and as a part of the management of the LCT ketogenic diet.
Nutilis Clear is an amylase-resistant thickening powder, which can be added to pureed food, drinks and nutritional supplements without changing taste. Nutilis Clear is designed to maintain the normal appearance of fluids. Nutilis Clear is a Food for Special Medical Purposes for dietary management of dysphagia and must be used under medical supervision.
For more detailed product information, please visit mynutilis.co.uk
The Nutrison range
Nutrison offers a comprehensive and innovative tube feed range intended for enteral nutritional support for those patients with functional or partially functional gastrointestinal tract who are unable or unwilling to eat sufficient quantities of foods to meet their nutritional requirements.
The Nutrison range are foods for special medical purposes or medical foods and are intended for patients who are medically diagnosed for use under medical supervision.
Flocare® Infinity™ pump
A small, lightweight, portable enteral feeding pump to suit any situation. The Flocare Infinity pump safely and accurately delivers a nutritional regimen without compromising quality of life. It is built to simplify the enteral feeding experience. It is washable under running water and can be used in any orientation. Nutricia's Flocare range of innovative medical devices, accessories and supporting tools have been developed to simplify enteral feeding.
For more detailed product information, please visit nutriciaflocare.com
Focussing on nutrition in cancer patients
Professor Graeme Poston and Professor Ricardo Audisio, from the European Society of Surgical Oncology, discuss the importance of nutrition in cancer.
Nutricia products are intended for the nutritional management of diseases and related medical conditions and therefore should be used under medical supervision.