A 65-year-old male asked:
what food will help in combating cachexia caused by lung cancer? what else should be done?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Myron Arlen answered
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
High caloric fluid: The cachexia associated with cancer is due to the elaboration of tumor necrosis factor, As such a high caloric liquid diet including Ensure should be employed. When patients are seen who are receiving radiation or chemo, it is advisable to increase the caloric intake with hyperalimentation where a pic line is inserted in the arm and the patient is given approximately 2L of fluid each evening.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
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