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1 Head and Neck Cancer with Fibula Free-Flap Surgery and Provision of Immuno-Enhanced Enteral Nutrition Support January 28, 2014 Presented by Natalie Frison, Sodexo Mid-Atlantic Dietetic Internship, Class of 2014

2 Outline  Introduction  Discussion of Disease  Current Research  Medical Interventions  Nutrition Interventions  Patient History  Social History  Medical History  Nutrition History  Objective Data  Discussion of Treatment and Hospital Course 2

3 Learning Objectives 1. Describe the surgical procedure for the resection of head and neck cancer. 2. Name two nutrients commonly included in immune-enhancing enteral nutrition formulas and explain their functions in post-surgical patients. 3

4 Introduction  S.M. is a 79 yo male  Admitting diagnosis: squamous cell carcinoma of the right retromolar trigone  Admitted to GWUH on 12/2/13 for tumor resection  Discharged to hospice care on 1/1/14  Discharge diagnosis: dermal metastasis of squamous cell carcinoma 4

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6 Discussion of Disease 6

7 Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)  Oral cancer: 6 th most common cancer globally 1  SCC accounts for 90% of all oral cancers 1,2  Associated with tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and low intake of fruits and vegetables 1,2,3  Also may be linked to HPV, genetic markers 3  More prevalent in men than in women 1,2  Average age at diagnosis: 62 years 2 7

8 Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)  Treatment: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy  5-year survival: about 50% 1  About 2/3 of patients present with advanced stage and metastatic growth 2  Prognosis associated with TNM stage 2,3 8

9 Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)  Prognosis also associated with surgical margins 2,3  Even with “successful” surgery, margins may contain pre-cancerous keratinocytes  Local recurrence: about 30%  SCC has high incidence of metastasis: 2,3  Lymph node  Perineural  Vascular 9

10 Dermal Metastasis  Dermal metastasis is rare 4  Survival: 1 to 65 weeks 4  Considered terminal stage of disease 4  Palliative care 4 10

11 Free-Flap Reconstruction  Tumor is resected from head/neck  Bone, tissue, and vasculature are taken from a donor site on the patient and transferred to the site of resection  Osteocutaneous free-flap tissue transfer is preferred surgery for mandibular defect reconstruction 5  Well-vascularized, thick tissue 6  Restore mandible form and function 11

12 A-B) Before surgery. C-D) 60 days after surgery. 7 12

13 A-B) Frontal and lateral view of the patient after surgery. C-D) 3D-CT 6 months after surgery. 7 13

14 Free-Flap Reconstruction  Success rate: 90-99% 8,9  Considered safe, effective procedure for elderly patients 8,9  5-year survival: 51% 5  Return of oral function: 89% 5 14

15 Nutrition in Head & Neck Cancer  High risk for malnutrition due to dysphagia 10  Obstruction due to tumor  Effect of chemo/radiation  Result of surgery  Use of enteral nutrition support  PEG is preferred route 10  Pretreatment/home EN 10  Prevent weight loss, dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, treatment interruptions 10 15

16 Immuno-Nutrition  Surgery -> inflammatory response -> immunosuppression -> infections 11,12, 13  Supplementation of nutrients in addition to energy and protein  Modulate inflammatory response  Boost immune system  Decrease risk for infection 16

17 Immuno-Nutrition  Nutrients include:  Arginine  Glutamine  Omega-3 fatty acids  Antioxidants  Trace elements 17

18 Immuno-Nutrition  Arginine  Essential component of immune cells, especially lymphocytes (T cells) 11,12,13,14  Precursor of cells used for collagen synthesis and tissue repair 13,14  Glutamine  Increased production of immune cells 11,12,14  Improved gut barrier function 11,12  Increased protein synthesis 12,14 18

19 Immuno-Nutrition  Omega-3 fatty acids  Decreased production of inflammatory mediators 11,12,13,14  Antioxidants and trace elements 11,14  Zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine  Anti-inflammatory properties  Reduce oxidative stress 19

20 EAL Recommendation  Pre-operative and post-operative use of arginine-containing EN 15,16,17,18,19  Not recommended  Research shows no significant impact  Fair  Imperative 20

21 Immuno-Nutrition: Consensus  Sources: ESPEN, 11 SCCM, 12 A.S.P.E.N. 12  Good efficacy in surgical patients 11,12,13  Reduction in rate of infections 11,12,13  Decreased length of hospital stay 11,12,13,14  No significant effect on mortality 11,12,13  More benefits seen in malnourished patients 13  Should be initiated pre-operatively 12 21

22 Case Study: Oral SCC, Free-flap Reconstruction, and Provision of Immuno- enhancing EN 22

23 Patient Social History  S.M. was a 79 yo male  Muslim  Retired  Widowed  Supportive family  Speaks English and Urdu  Former smoker (risk factor)  Does not drink alcohol 23

24 Medical and Nutrition History  PMH: GERD, BPH  10/8/13: Diagnosed at MFA Otolaryngology clinic  Squamous cell carcinoma of the right retromolar trigone  11/17/13: Presented to ED for jaw pain  Followed by ENT team  PEG placement pre-operatively on 11/22  Scheduled tumor resection  11/25/13: Discharged 24

25 Nutrition History  Use of EN at home via PEG  Pivot 1.5 (immuno-enhanced)  1.2 L per day  Usually 400 mL bolus TID  Family support  No complaints  Food recall: broth, water 25

26 Pivot 1.5 Cal  Sole-source enteral nutrition formula  Produced by Abbott Nutrition  “Very-high-protein, calorically dense, immune-supporting, hydrolyzed, peptide- based enteral formula for use in metabolically stressed, immunosuppressed patients, such as those with…head and neck cancer” 20  Includes arginine, glutamine, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, selenium 20 26

27 Patient Data (Admission)  Ht = 178 cm (5’10”)  Wt = 56.7 kg (125 lb)  BMI = 17.9 (underweight)  Physical findings: muscle wasting, appears debilitated 27

28 Home Medications  Percocetanalgesic  Colacestool softener  TamsulosinBPH treatment  Gabapentin anti-epileptic  Oxycodone analgesic 28

29 Hospital Course  12/2: Admitted to GWUH for tumor resection  12/3: Tumor resection and reconstruction with fibula free flap and right pectoralis muscle flap and awake tracheotomy  Involvement of mandible, extension to base of skull  12/4: ICU to monitor post-surgery 29

30 Lab Values (12/4)  Na130 L  Cl95 L  Mg1.5  Phos4.6 H  K4.6  Glu138 H  H/H11.1 L/32.2 L 30

31 Medications (Post-surgery)  Clindamycin antibiotic  Pantoprazoleanti-GERD  Electrolyte repletion:  Magnesium sulfate  Potassium chloride  Potassium phosphate 31

32 Initial Nutrition Assessment  Performed on 12/4  Weight history:  Weight at previous admission (11/22) was 129 lb  Admission weight was 125 lb  Weight loss: 4 lb in about one week  At previous admission, reported weight of 145 lb about 6 months ago  >10% weight loss in 6 months: severe weight loss 32

33 Initial Nutrition Assessment  Assessment  No N/V, mild constipation  Muscle mass wasting, temporal wasting, edema in abdominal area, severe protein- calorie malnutrition  Calorie needs: 1985 kcal (35 kcal per kg)  Protein needs: 113 g (2 g per kg)  Fluid needs: 2000 mL (1 mL per kcal) 33

34 Initial Nutrition Assessment  Diagnoses:  Inadequate intake R/T inability to take nutrition by mouth, secondary to head and neck cancer with composite resection of tumor, AEB dependence on EN support, underweight BMI  Increased nutrient needs R/T catabolic state, oncologic processes, and recent surgery AEB patient with elevated energy, protein, and micronutrient needs and weight loss 34

35 Initial Nutrition Assessment  Intervention:  EN via PEG: Pivot 1.5 via continuous administration with daily goal volume of 1.325L (60mL/hr), water flushes 30mL q4h  1988 kcal, 125 g, 1120 mL free water  Monitoring and Evaluation  S/S of tolerance to EN administration 35

36 Hospital Course  12/5-12/7: ICU, vent management and flap checks  12/9: Transitioned to bolus feeds  220mL q4h with water flushes  12/11: Nutrition reassessment  12/12: Transitioned back to continuous feeds due to diarrhea 36

37 Hospital Course  12/15: Confirmation of pneumonia  12/19:  Transferred to ARU  Transitioned to bolus feeds  Removal of remaining staples  SLP: excellent response to PMV 37

38 Hospital Course  12/24:  Patient complaint of painful abscess on right cheek; also noted nodule on right cheek  Exploration of surgical wound of the neck for infection  Biopsy of nodule to confirm dermal metastasis of SCC  Penrose drain placement 38

39 Hospital Course  12/26:  Transferred to medical unit  Right facial swelling and pain with pitting edema  12/29:  Evidence of expanding dermal metastasis  Family meeting planned 39

40 Hospital Course  12/30:  Wound exploration and washout  Confirmation of dermal metastasis  No further interventions possible to control tumor  12/31:  Family meeting  Decision made to transition to palliative care  Plans to transfer to inpatient hospice care 40

41 Hospital Course  1/1/14:  Pain Management: Recommendation for med regimen for pain control  Palliative Care: Patient knows he is at end of life and desires optimal pain control, does not want further treatment  Discharged to inpatient hospice care for pain control with plans to then discharge home with family and nursing support  Continue EN support 41

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