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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Supportive Care in Cancer|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Handbook for Oncologists|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1999|
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