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Diet and Nutrition in Palliative Care

1st Edition

Edited by Victor R. Preedy

CRC Press

464 pages | 70 B/W Illus.

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Optimal terminal and palliative care requires consideration of the patient and family unit as well as cultural and religious sensitivities. The patient’s well being in terms of mobility, anxiety, stress, social interaction, and pain control needs expert focus and attention. Furthermore, there is an increasing awareness that diet and nutritional support plays an integral part of the patient’s holistic well being. The interface between nutritional, emotional, cultural, and medicinal support challenges terminal and palliative care providers to recognize the right thing to do, often in the face of considerable uncertainty.

Currently, there is no comprehensive book on nutrition in terminal or palliative care that is suitable for novices and experts alike. Diet and Nutrition in Palliative Care addresses this deficiency in the literature. Designed for doctors, nurses, caregivers, and those working within the palliative or end of life domain, each chapter contains sections on applications to other areas of terminal or palliative care, practical methods and techniques, guidelines, key points and ethical issues. The book is divided into six sections:

  • Setting the Scene
  • Cultural Aspects
  • General Aspects
  • Cancer
  • Non-Cancer Conditions
  • Pharmacological Aspects  

Despite the complexity of the correlation between diet and disease, there is now a sufficient body of evidence to encourage applying nutritional science in everyday clinical practice. Increasingly, a strong interest and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of scientific studies on nutrition enables clinicians to help patients under their care more effectively at every stage of their illness. In response to this need, this handbook presents important information on the holistic use of nutrition and diet therapy in palliative care.


"The book has a clear structure, with many illustrative tables and the essential points of each chapter are summarized at the end. It is written to accommodate all who care patients for palliative stage but could be particularly useful for students who do advanced work in both basic and specialist training. Each chapter has a variety references for those wishing to immerse themselves further."

Svenskt Palliativt Natverk, 2012

"This book provides a wonderful blend of palliative and nutrition care concepts for the healthcare professional and adds to the body of knowledge for clinicians seeking to improve aspects of patient care based on quality-of-life goals, rather than technology-driven healthcare."

—Denise Baird Schwartz, MS, RD, FADA, CNSD, in Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 27(2), 2012

"The essays are well written … useful as a reference work on a palliative care floor in a health care facility. Summing Up: Recommended."

CHOICE Magazine

Table of Contents


Definition, goal, purposes

V.R. Preedy

Enlightening the need for a specialized interest in food and nutrition in palliative care

Defining palliative, end of life and terminal care

Religion faith and end-of-life decisions

H-H Bulow

Pain control and sedation at the end of life

N.J. Cherny

The Nurse and end-of-life decisions

A. J. E. De Veer

Sedation in palliative care and its impact on nutrition

K.C.P. Vissers


Nutrition in palliative care: Western perspectives

M.P. Fuhrman

Nutrition in palliative care: Japanese perspectives

T. Morita

Nutritional support in palliative care: Chinese perspectives

W.-Y. Hu

Cultural aspects of forgoing of tube feeding in dying American and Chinese patients

S.M.C. Pang


Gastrointestinal side effects in tumor therapy: Implications for nutrition

F. Mayer

Support for hydration at end of life

R.L. Fainsinger

Palliative treatment of dysphagia

C.P. Selinger

Artificial nutrition, advance directives and end of life in nursing homes

C.A. Monturo

Home nutritional support in end of life

S. Antoun

Preparing hospice families for home: diet and nutritional aspects

K. A. Kehl

Fatigue in hospice cancer patients: what nutritional variables does it correlate with

Y.-H. Lai

Hospice patients and help in mouth care and eating and drinking

J.e. Munn

Drugs and constipation in hospice patients

D. Weschules


Vitamin deficiency in patients with terminal cancer

D. J. Harrington

Total parenteral nutrition in life-limiting cancer

A.P. Abernethy

Incurable cancers and home total parenteral nutrition

A. Jatoi

Nutritional aspects of palliative in head and neck cancer

N.E. Goldstein

Nutrition and palliative care in End of Life Ovarian Cancer

L.J. Herrinton

The relationship between nutrition and quality of life in palliative care of cancer

C. Pichard

Nutrition and palliative total pharyngo-Iaryngo-esophagectomy

T. Shinozaki

Nutrition and euteral stenting in palliative of cancer

P. Fockens


Feeding in advanced dementia: a palliative approach

A.E. Volandes

Nutritional therapy in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

K. Kollewe


Nutrition in the palliative care of surgical patients

G.P. Dunn

Nutritional support in the vegetative state

M. Luchetti

Nutrition and palliation in chronic wounds

O.M. Alvarez

Nutritional support in the palliative care of adult BIV/AIDS patients

D.J. Wantland

Nutrition and palliative care of children with BIV/AIDS

A.J. De Baets

Antioxidants in palliative care and drug induced osteoporosis

S.N. Chavan

Nutrition and terminal renal failure

J. Dotsch


Withholding nutritional support: what is the process

M. Hynninen

Withholding nutritional support in the ICU

M. Heaney

Comparisons of withholding support in Six European Countries

H.M. Buiting

About the Editor

Professor Victor R. Preedy is the Director of the Genomics Centre in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College in London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Geriatrics
MEDICAL / Terminal Care
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
MEDICAL / Nutrition