Tumor Anorexia: Causes, Assessment, Treatment

  • G. Ollenschläger
  • B. Viell
  • W. Thomas
  • K. Konkol
  • B. Bürger
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 121)

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).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Ollenschläger
    • 1
  • B. Viell
    • 2
  • W. Thomas
    • 3
  • K. Konkol
    • 1
  • B. Bürger
    • 1
  1. 1.Klinik II und Poliklinik für Innere MedizinUniversität KölnKöln 41Germany
  2. 2.Z. Chirurgischer LehrstuhlUniversität KölnKöln 41Germany
  3. 3.Institut für Psychosomatik und PsychotherapieUniversität KölnKöln 41Germany

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