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Glutamine: an essential amino acid in oncology care

Glutamine: an essential amino acid in oncology care

13 May 2021 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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Presenter: Samuel Peters BHSc (Naturopathy)
Date: Thursday, 13 May at 12.00pm (AEST)
Time: 30 minutes

Glutamine is the most abundant free amino acid in the body and it plays an important role as an energy substrate for enterocytes and other rapidly dividing cells. A recurrent concern amongst some practitioners relates to the idea that glutamine could “feed” proliferative cancer cells. This theoretical concern is not supported by the clinical evidence, yet it continues to be queried amongst some in the practitioner community.

In this Lunch and Learn session, practitioners will be brought up to date on the role of glutamine in supporting patients with cancer, the clinical evidence behind its use and a holistic perspective of a risk evaluation. Considering the proven benefit of glutamine in multiple human clinical studies and a lack of reliable evidence demonstrating adverse effects, it is unreasonable to put a greater weight on the theoretical risk of harm, than on the proven evidence of benefit.

Key learning outcomes

  •         A brief understanding of the role of glutamine in health and disease
  •         An evidence-based assessment of the claims relating to glutamine and cancer progression
  •         The safety and efficacy of high dose glutamine supplementation
  •         An understanding of prescribing considerations to support specific cancer pathologies


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