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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