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Supportive Care in Cancer Patients II

Volume 121 of the series Recent Results in Cancer Research pp 249-259

Tumor Anorexia: Causes, Assessment, Treatment

  • G. OllenschlägerAffiliated withKlinik II und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin, Universität Köln
  • , B. ViellAffiliated withZ. Chirurgischer Lehrstuhl, Universität Köln
  • , W. ThomasAffiliated withInstitut für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Universität Köln
  • , K. KonkolAffiliated withKlinik II und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin, Universität Köln
  • , B. BürgerAffiliated withKlinik II und Poliklinik für Innere Medizin, Universität Köln

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Abstract

The major cause of death in patients with cancer is the generalized body wasting known as cancer cachexia (Lawson et al. 1982; S. Warren 1932). This syndrome is characterized by a mixture of metabolic abnormalities which lead to weight loss through accelerated wasting of host tissue mass together with failure of adequate nutrient intake (Kern and Norton 1988).