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Dr Egidio Del Fabbro (MD) obtained his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis. He was co-founder of the Cachexia Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center and is currently the Palliative Care Endowed Chair and Director of the Palliative Care Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Del Fabbro’s research interest lies in developing clinical trials for cancer-related cachexia and fatigue. He is the senior editor for the textbook

Nutrition and the Cancer Patient


  In memoriam Kenneth Fearon 1960–2016

Professor Ken Fearon was Professor of Surgical Oncology at Edinburgh University and Honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. He qualified in Medicine with honours in 1982 from Glasgow University. From 1983 to 1986, he was the Cancer Research Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Oncology in Glasgow University and submitted his thesis (MD) on the ‘Mechanisms and Treatment of Cancer Cachexia’ in 1987. He was appointed as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1988, Senior Lecturer in 1993 and Professor of Surgical Oncology in 1999.

His principal research domains included human nutrition and metabolism, the metabolic response to surgery and cancer cachexia, and his translational research focused on the role of the systemic inflammatory response. Professor Fearon’s clinical research aimed at development of trial methodology including early biomarkers and novel outcome measures. He conducted several of the largest prospective randomized intervention trials in cancer cachexia and had a major interest in nutritional pharmacology.

He was a founding member of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Group and was Chairman of the Board of the ERAS Society. Professor Fearon was presented with the Cuthbertson Medal from the Nutrition Society in 1991, the Hippocrates Award from the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD) in 2009 and the Arvid Wretlind Award from the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism in 2011.

Professor Fearon died suddenly, aged 55, before publication of this book. His co-authors and the publisher are deeply saddened by his untimely death.


Florian Strasser is a medical doctor with board certifications in internal medicine, medical oncology and palliative medicine and dedicates his work to clinical and research activities on the integration of oncology and palliative care, with a focus on cancer cachexia.

His interests lie in the integration of cancer cachexia and malnutrition management in routine cancer care, with emphasis on cancer rehabilitation approaches and geriatric oncology, development of clinical models of integrating palliative interventions into routine cancer care in various health care contexts, development and integration of clinical practice tools for symptom management, palliative communication, counselling or coordination interventions or anti-cancer treatment decisions and dosing.

Florian Strasser is chairing the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) palliative and supportive care working group, is co-chair of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care and Cancer (MASCC) working group on nutrition and cachexia, is a member of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) research network, and a board member of the Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders (SCWD). His passion is to serve professionals to deliver optimal multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary care in various contexts.