International Nutrition Audit in FORegut TuMors
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"An observational study to understand nutritional experiences in patients with upper gastrointestinal tumors."
Age: 19 years or older
Healthy Volunteers: No
Keywords: foregut tumor, digestive system tumor
Type: Observational Study
24 Participants
Patients with foregut tumors (tumors in the upper digestive system) are at risk of poor nutrition. They may also have weight and muscle loss due to their disease. The effects of poor nutrition include low immunity, poor mobility, and low quality of life. Studies have shown that improving nutrition may prevent weight loss. It can play an important role in improving mobility and quality of life in these kinds of cancers.

Proper nutritional care for participants with these cancers is complex. It involves many hospital systems, health care providers, and treatments. There is a need to understand how nutrition care is currently being provided to these patients. We want to gain an understanding of patient experiences and share them with healthcare providers in the area.
This study requires

If you agree to take part in this study, the study research coordinator/dietitian will contact you. We will gather information about you and your diagnosis, condition, treatment plan and nutrition. In addition, if you agree to take part in the study, you will be asked to do the following, up to a maximum of 6 months:

  • You will be approached by the dietitian either in person or over the phone to answer questions. We will ask about your weight loss, how much nutrition you have been receiving and whether you have had swallowing problems or unplanned hospital readmissions. These are standard questions that are usually asked by medical hospital/clinic staff.

  • When you are first introduced to the cancer clinic/hospital and at 2, 4 and 6 months, you will be asked to complete a short form (called Participant Generated Subjective Global Assessment PG SGA). It will ask 4 questions about your weight, food, symptoms and activities. This will take approximately 5 minutes. You may be asked to complete this form in person or over the phone.

  • Throughout the 6 month study period, you will be ask to tell researchers what you ate and drank over the last 24 hours (called a 24 hour dietary recall). You will asked over the phone or in person up to 9 times about your dietary intake.

  • When you are first introduced to the cancer clinic/hospital and at 6 months, you will also be asked to answer questions about the quality of care you have received (CANHELP Lite Questionnaire). This will take approximately 30 minutes.

  • You will be approached at 3 and 6 months for a quick update on your health status. This will take approximately 5 minutes.

Who can participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with Head and Neck or Esophageal Cancer and
  2. At least 18 yrs age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. At the time of diagnosis of cancer, if there is no treatment plan due to patient’s imminent death OR
  2. At the time of diagnosis of cancer, patient's Eastern Cooperative Oncology Score (ECOG) score (29) is ≥ 4 (see below)
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefit to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study team will discuss the risk associated with taking part in this research study.
You will be paid up to $100 in Visa gift cards for your time and effort. $25 gift card for completing the baseline questionnaires and dietary assessments. $25 gift card after completing the month 2 questionnaire. $25 gift card for completing month 4 questionnaire and $25 gift card for completing the 6 month questionnaires and dietary assessments.
Study duration and period
We expect that you will be in this research study for 6 months.
Recruitment period
From Feb. 17, 2017
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Angela Beliveau
Research Topic
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer

Have any questions or want to learn more? Leave your contact details below and the research team will reach out to you.


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