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Cachexia in Cancer

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Cachexia in Cancer

Maintaining Weight & Muscle Mass for Cancer Patient

Up to 80% of advanced-stage cancer patients have cachexia, or major loss of muscle mass (usually accompanied by substantial weight loss). It was found that diet and nutrition play a critically important role in preventing and treating this problem.

In the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia, and Muscle, researchers concluded in a study of men with cancer that cancer stage, serum albumin (a protein), and weight loss predicted survival. In other words, it is critical for people with cancer to optimize nutrition to prevent wasting of the body. If cachexia is a problem for you, then work with your doctor and nutritionist on a diet to prevent or reduce this.

Some important recommendations are:

  • Nutritional supplements that aid in digestion and absorption.

  • Protein powder and amino acids support muscle mass.

  • Omega 3 fatty acids stabilize weight loss, reduce lean tissue wasting, and increase survival in patients with advanced cancer.

  • Exercise is also critical to incorporate along with nutritional support.


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