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would the presence of cachexia in a patient who's completed chemo/rad, always suggest active cancer? is it possible to have even when cancer is gone?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See below: If the tumor is entirely gone, the patient should gain weight. If the person remains cachectic the cause should be investigated. Damage from the treatment, e.g., radiation damage to the intestine may prevent weight gain even if there is no tumor.
Answered on Sep 17, 2015
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