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Title Weight Loss in Cancer
Description Weight Loss in Cancer
Creation Date 01 July 2000
Doc type Article
Document Abstract:
Weight loss and cachexia, associated with increased morbidity and mortality, is a frequent complication of cancer, due to wasting of both fat mass and body cell mass (BCM). The latter is an important determinant of performance status and survival. Anorexia plays a central role in the weight loss, but cancer cachexia is more complex than pure chronic starvation. This article will explore the complex underlying pathophysiology.
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