[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Other Articles
March 11, 1961

Nutrition in Cancer Patients

JAMA. 1961;175(10):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040100088029

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


To the Editor:—  In his article on "Recent Advances in the Treatment of the Cancer Patient" in The Journal, Nov. 5, 1960, page 1287, Dr. Warren H. Cole said, "... if the weight loss has been, for example, 15 or 20 lb., I insist that 4 or 5 lb. be regained. However, most patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, oral cavity, and many other areas will be unable to eat more than 800 to 1,000 calories per day. By inserting a soft plastic tube through the patient's nose into the stomach it is often possible to give the patient another 800 to 1,000 calories.... One or two liters of 10% fructose and 5% amino-acids and 500 cc. of fat intravenously will furnish an additional 1,350 and 3,700 calories.... By this procedure it has been possible to achieve a weight gain of 4 or 5 lb. in as many days."To

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview