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What is the definition or description of: cachexia?

What is the definition or description of: cachexia?

Cachexia: Cancer cachexia is a syndrome of weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight. ...Read more

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Cachexia (Definition)

Cancer cachexia is a syndrome of weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness, and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively ...Read more


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How is cachexia corrected?

How  is cachexia  corrected?

Cachexia: Cachexia: 1st we need to define what is causing it . For instance ( a cancer, anorexia, bulemia, malabsorbtion, and gastrointestinal infection etc). Cachexia is another way to say abnormal weight loss. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of cachexia?

What is the prognosis of cachexia?

Cachexia: Cachexia is progressive disease ivolving wasting of the body usually caused by amalignant tumor or disease. Prognosis is not a good one. ...Read more

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Why are some people with pneumonia at risk for cachexia?

Why are some people with pneumonia at risk for cachexia?

Its the reverse: Cachexia is a sign of either nutritional deficiency or severe chronic underlying disease which releases inflammatory compounds that cause loss of muscle tissue and body mass. A large number of diseases do this, like cancer and advanced heart disease. This condition will lower the ability to fight infection and increase the risk of all infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

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Difference between anorexia and cachexia?

Difference between anorexia and cachexia?

Definitions: Anorexia is no appetite for whatever reason. Cachexia is a wasting of the body tissues, especially affecting lean body mass / muscle, seen in cancer and the most severe inflammatory diseases. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are factors contributing to cancer cachexia?

What are factors contributing to cancer cachexia?

Cancer and treatment: The greek words kakos="bad things", & hexus="state of being. Cancer cachexia is characterized by diminished nutrient intake and progressive tissue depletion, both of which lead to weight loss. Cytokine activation and tumor-derived cachexia-inducing substances are thought to be the causes.In some cases, cancer treatment may also contribute to loss of lean body mass in patients with advanced cancer. ...Read more

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Cachexia is a condition in which so few calories are consumed that even fat is used up, right?

Cachexia is a condition in which so few calories are consumed that even fat is used up, right?

More or less: Cachexia is usually associated with serious diseases, e.g., disseminated cancer, advanced aids and is driven by cytokines that accelerate metabolism, depress appetite and promote consumption of fat. There is negative imbalance between intake and expenditure of calories. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with cachexia and I smoked some marijuana. Whould that help appetite?

I was diagnosed with cachexia and I smoked some marijuana. Whould that help appetite?

Maybe: Cachexia is not a complete diagnosis, as the underlying cause may not have been identified. Furthermore, smoking marijuana is not a medical treatment, since dosage is not standardized or regulated. Marinol has been used to treat cachexia associated with difference medical conditions. ...Read more

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I would just like some advice for someone showing early signs of cancer related cachexia please. ?

I would just like some advice for someone showing early signs of cancer related cachexia please. ?

Cachexia: occurs in many conditions and is common with many cancers. The general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease. A new drug, anamorelin, improves appetite and body mass in patients with cancer. The drug is not available in the US and more research is needed. ...Read more

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I take an injectible, serostim for cachexia, before I have taken the drug for 24 mo. Prior, can I expect similar results from this dosing schedule?

I take an injectible, serostim for cachexia, before I have taken the drug for 24 mo. Prior, can I expect similar results from this dosing schedule?

Maybe, maybe not: The same person, taking the same dose of hormone as in the past, after a break of some months, should be able to get similar effects if he is really the same person . . . Meaning that he has not changed much in disease status or severity, body weight, lab test results, dietary habits, exercise habits, other meds, etc... Otherwise, he may have more or less response to the same old medication. ...Read more