About Oral Mucositis Impact on Nutrition

Therapeutic G-tube placement is significantly associated with severe mucositis as demonstrated in several studies:

  • Feeding-tube placement or use of total parenteral nutrition was required in 34% of head and neck cancer patients with moderate or severe mucositis1.
  • In patients with grade 3-4 mucositis, 18% of those who received radiation only and 38% of those who received chemoradiation required G-tube placement during RT2.
  • 33% of patients with head and neck cancers receiving chemoradiation had feeding-tube placement, compared with only 18% treated with conventional radiation only3.


1. Vera-Llonch et al. Cancer 2006;106:329-36.
2. Elting et al. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2007;68:110-20.
3. Trotti et al. Radiother Oncol 2003;66:253-62.

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