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Skeletal muscle depletion accompanied with physical functional decline started in the early phase of the chemotherapy in elderly patients with advanced lung cancer. (Trial registration No.: UMIN000009768)

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There may be a need for early supportive care in these patients to prevent functional decline during chemotherapy.

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Our results suggest that there may be a need for early supportive care in these patients to prevent functional decline during chemotherapy. Further randomized control study is needed to determine whether early exercise and nutritional intervention may be useful to prevent muscle depletion and functional decline in this population.

MD. PhD. Tateaki Naito
Shizuoka Cancer Center

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This page is a summary of: Skeletal muscle depletion during chemotherapy has a large impact on physical function in elderly Japanese patients with advanced non–small-cell lung cancer, BMC Cancer, August 2017, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12885-017-3562-4.
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