EDMONd: diet and nutrition for patients with inoperable malignant bowel obstruction

The aim of the project led by Dr Agnieszka Michael was to assess whether Elemental Diet, which provides nutrition in the form of amino acids and easily digestible nutrients that are almost totally absorbed in the upper small intestine, would be tolerated by women with inoperable bowel obstruction.

A very large proportion of women with advanced ovarian cancer may develop a blockage in the bowel, which is often inoperable. Bowel obstruction causes significant issues to women, stopping them from being able to absorb essential food and nutrients. Providing the right nutritional support for women with inoperable bowel obstruction is extremely challenging.

Elemental Diet (ED) provides nutrition in the form of amino acids and easily digestible nutrients that are almost totally absorbed in the upper small intestine and could be of benefit to women. The initial concept is the product of the space race and was originally developed by NASA for astronauts.

The study has completed the recruitment of patients and analysis of the results is underway. We hope to be able to report the results from this study soon.