Belfast 2011 Reports and Presentations

Affiliates had a very successful Belfast meeting with many interesting and useful presentations, a selection of which can be viewed below:

Fiona Macharg, winner of the Best Nurses/AHP poster at Belfast:

Long Term Use of Feeding Jejunostomy Following Oesophagectomy
FMS Macharg, Y Soon, S Singh and SR Preston
Regional Oesophago-Gastric Unit
Royal Surrey County Hospital & St Luke’s Cancer Centre

Current problems: Oesophagectomy significantly impacts on a patients’ ability to recover adequate dietary intake in the early post-op stages.

  • Issues with re-establishing oral intake include:
    • Partial or complete loss of appetite
    • Post-prandial pain
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Reflux
    • Dysphagia – anastomotic strictures
    • Adjuvant chemotherapy
    • Dumping syndrome
  • Practice varies widely across the country, however, enteral feeding tubes are often removed on discharge or at first clinic review.