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how is cachexia corrected in prostate cancer?

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Dr. Michael Mirochna
12 years experience Family Medicine
It is difficult: Cachexia from any cancer is difficult to treat. Many reasons can lead to poor appetite, from apathy to lack of hunger or not even being able to taste foods well thus decreasing appetite. I'd recommend that you work with a dietician who is familiar with cancer patients. Protein calories seem to be quite important as well. I have not seen doctors use Megace (megestrol) an appetite stimulant in these cases.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Robert Carroll
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Treat Cancer: If cachexia is related to prostate cancer, it may improve with effective cancer treatment & good nutrition & exercise.
Answered on May 9, 2014
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
While I agree with Dr. Carroll, only very advanced and metastatic prostate can possibly do this, never newly diagnosed localized ProsCa. Bony pain and other bony meastases are usual, all cell types except the small cell variety.
Jul 10, 2012

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