Weight loss in cancer patients - understand the mechanisms and what to do.
What is it about?
Most cancer patient experience unintended weight loss as their disease develop. Part of this is due to loss of appetite and thereof reduced food intake. The cancer itself also leads to substantial chances in the nutrient turnover only worsening the condition, and the clinical condition and how the person appears is called cachexia. The person has reduced physical function, reduced tolerance to cancer treatment and has a reduced survival.
Why is it important?
Because cancer cachexia has an enormous impact with various negative effects on cancer patients and their families, and because we still don't know enough about what lies behind cancer cachexia, it is crucial to initiate more translational research. This with the intent to treat more patients and assist more families experiencing cachexia as a part of a cancer trajectory.
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