Quality of life after early enteral feeding versus standard care for proven or suspected advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: Results from a randomised trial

Baker, Jannah, Janda, Monika, Graves, Nicholas, Bauer, Judy, Banks, Merrilyn, Garrett, Andrea, Chetty, Naven, Crandon, Alex J., Land, Russell, Nascimento, Marcelo, Nicklin, James L., Perrin, Lewis C., & Obermair, Andreas (2015) Quality of life after early enteral feeding versus standard care for proven or suspected advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: Results from a randomised trial. Gynecologic Oncology, 137(3), pp. 516-522.

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Malnutrition is common in patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), and is associated with impaired quality of life (QoL), longer hospital stay and higher risk of treatment-related adverse events. This phase III multi-centre randomised clinical trial tested early enteral feeding versus standard care on postoperative QoL.


From 2009 to 2013, 109 patients requiring surgery for suspected advanced EOC, moderately to severely malnourished were enrolled at five sites across Queensland and randomised to intervention (n = 53) or control (n = 56) groups. Intervention involved intraoperative nasojejunal tube placement and enteral feeding until adequate oral intake could be maintained. Despite being randomised to intervention, 20 patients did not receive feeds (13 did not receive the feeding tube; 7 had it removed early). Control involved postoperative diet as tolerated. QoL was measured at baseline, 6 weeks postoperatively and 30 days after the third cycle of chemotherapy. The primary outcome measure was the difference in QoL between the intervention and the control group. Secondary endpoints included treatment-related adverse event occurrence, length of stay, postoperative services use, and nutritional status.


Baseline characteristics were comparable between treatment groups. No significant difference in QoL was found between the groups at any time point. There was a trend towards better nutritional status in patients who received the intervention but the differences did not reach statistical significance except for the intention-to-treat analysis at 7 days postoperatively (11.8 intervention vs. 13.8 control, p 0.04).


Early enteral feeding did not significantly improve patients' QoL compared to standard of care but may improve nutritional status.

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ID Code: 92287
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ovarian cancer, Quality of life, Malnutrition, Gynaecological cancer
DOI: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.03.048
ISSN: 0090-8258
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Crown Copyright 2015
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Deposited On: 25 Jan 2016 01:35
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 20:03

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