Tube feeding in childhood cancer

Tube feeding in childhood cancer

Sometimes, if your child has lost a lot of weight or has not been eating very well for a period of time, they may need tube feeding. 

Key points to remember

This page is part of a whole section about childhood cancer.

  • sometimes, if your child has lost a lot of weight or has not been eating very well for a period of time, they may need tube feeding
  • tube feeding helps your child to meet their nutritional needs when they are not able to eat or drink enough by mouth
  • tube feeding involves delivering a liquid feed through your child's nose (nasal tube) or stomach (gastrostomy tube)
  • sometimes, your child can also have their medications through the tube
  • tube feeding can make it easier and less stressful for you all in your efforts to make sure your child has enough to eat

See Tube feeding for more information about nasal tubes and gastrostomy tubes.

All the pages in the childhood cancer section of this website have been written by health professionals who work in the field of paediatric oncology. They have been reviewed by the members of the National Child Cancer Network (NZ). Medical information is authorised by the clinical leader of the National Child Cancer Network.

This page last reviewed 21 May 2018.
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