Management of cancer anorexia and cachexia

Prema P. Peethambaram, Charles Lawrence Loprinzi

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Cancer cachexia is a wasting syndrome associated with the presence of uncontrolled malignancy and usually characterized by loss of appetite (anorexia), weight loss, and weakness. Cancer anorexia/cachexia is commonly seen in advanced malignancy, involving up to 85% of patients with cancer (1). This syndrome can occur early in the course of cancer in a minority of patients (2). Cancer anorexia/cachexia leads to inanition and may be the most direct cause of death in some patients. In addition, anorexia/cachexia can cause major physical and psychological morbidity, and usually signifies a poor prognosis (3).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSupportive Care in Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook for Oncologists
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203909799
ISBN (Print)9780824719982
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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