Benefits of Bolus Feeding in Tube Fed Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

Program Date: 13 October 2020
Publication Date: 25 February 2021
Location: United Kingdom

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll identify the benefits of bolus feeding for patients with head and neck cancer; state the ideal profile of a bolus feed; and explain how to help patients manage bolus feeds at home. This UK hosted webinar was originally presented on October 13, 2020.

Course Objectives:

• Identify the benefits of bolus feeding for patients with head & neck cancer.
• State the ideal profile of a bolus feed.
• Discuss the social benefits of bolus feeding.
• Explain how to help patients manage bolus feeds at home.
  • Run Time: 45

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Vivienne Law

Macmillan Specialist Dietitian 
Complex Cancer and Specialist Palliative Care 
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust 
Wigan, England, United Kingdom

Viv has worked as a Macmillan Specialist Dietitian for over 15 years, initially becoming the first community-based Macmillan Dietitian in North East London. Whilst working in this post, she became interested in the care of patients with head and neck cancer, providing advice and support following treatment. 

She then moved to work as a Macmillan Head and Neck Dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, a regional treatment centre for this specialist area. During this time, she wrote an article on nutrition and head and neck cancer for Dietetics Today and presented a poster on gastrostomy use and weight loss at the European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam in 2013. 

Viv has a wide experience in the field of dietetics including teaching and training. She is currently involved in providing advice and support to patients with a complex cancer or specialist palliative diagnosis and works as part of a specialist therapy team, based in a Hospice in Greater Manchester. She has set up a joint rehabilitation clinic with the Macmillan Speech and Language Therapist for patients with head and neck cancer.


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