Malnutrition is a common place in the oncology setting. Side effects related to treatment are often to blame. Common side effects impacting a large portion of the oncology population are stomatitis and mucositis. Stomatitis is defined as an inflammation and ulceration of the lining of the mouth and mucositis is an inflammation or ulceration anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. These issues cause pain, discomfort, poor appetite and an overall poor tolerance to most foods. Often times intervention includes avoiding rough, tough and spicy foods, concentrating on room temperature or cold foods, maintain adequate hydration and practicing good oral hygiene.
An avenue of support to consider would be Gelatein Plus. Gelatein Plus is low volume, a high calorie, high protein snack 150 calories and 20 grams of protein per 4 fl. oz. making it perfect for someone who doesn’t have much of an appetite. Gelatein Plus has a light, refreshing taste and because it is fat free it may also be better tolerated from a digestion standpoint. Gelatein Plus is a great alternative to traditional milk based supplements as it has almost twice the protein in half the space. Although Gelatein is best served cold, it can also be consumed at room temperature. The soft, smooth texture with variety of flavors makes it a perfect addition to your nutrition arsenal.
Karen Sudders, MS, LDN, RD,
Director of Nutritional Services, Medtrition, Inc.