The importance of nutrition in cancer care

Commentary by Dr. Ricardo Caponero

Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

Weight loss may be one of the early symptoms of cancer and cachexia is often associated with the terminal phase of this disease. Cancer and the treatment of cancer can also impact the nutritional status of our patients.

Cancer cachexia is a multifactorial syndrome defined by an ongoing loss of skeletal muscle mass (with or without loss of fat mass) that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support and that leads to progressive functional impairment. It has been agreed that the cachexia syndrome can develop progressively through various stages, from precachexia to cachexia to refractory cachexia …

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Dr. Matti S. Aapro: Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Matti Aapro received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was a fellow...

Dr Florian Scotté - Section Editor

Florian Scotté MD PHD is a medical oncologist in the Department of Oncology at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, where...

Dr Carla Ripamonti - Section Editor

Carla Ida Ripamonti, M.D. specializes in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. She is currently the Head of Supportive Care in...

Dr Ricardo Caponero - Section Editor

Dr Ricardo Caponero graduated in Medicine from Universidade de São Paulo, in 1984. Followed by a Fellowship in Radiotherapy at...

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ACADEMIC POSITIONS: Senior Research Associate, the Department of Research of New Anticancer Drugs with Out-patients Chemotherapy Unit, N.N.Blokhin Russian Cancer...

Dr Martin Chasen - Section Editor

Dr. Martin Chasen is currently the Medical Director, Palliative Care, at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre and the Medical Director...

Dr. Karin Jordan - Section Editor

Dr. Karin Jordan graduated from Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, after internships in the bone-marrow transplantation program at the...

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Jørn Herrstedt, MD, DMSci, is Professor in Clinical Oncology at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Consultant at the...

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Andrew Bottomley is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychology Society United Kingdom (U.K.). Dr Bottomley has spent...

The importance of nutrition in cancer care

Commentary by Dr. Ricardo Caponero

Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Weight loss may be one of the early...

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