Should Loss of Appetite Be Palliated in Patients with Advanced Cancer?

Christopher Ehret, Aminah Jatoi

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Loss of appetite is common among patients with advanced cancer. However, it remains controversial how, when, and if to palliate this symptom. Here, we provide an update on recent as well as past literature to address the question of whether loss of appetite should be palliated in patients with advanced cancer. In our opinion—and as discussed here—we believe that this symptom should be palliated, although perhaps not always with pharmacologic interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number31
JournalCurrent treatment options in oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Anorexia
  • Cancer
  • Loss of appetite
  • Palliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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