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Doctor insights on: What Causes One To Die From Lung Cancer Cachexia

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What food will help in combating cachexia caused by lung cancer? what else should be done?

What food will help in combating cachexia caused by lung cancer? what else should be done?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

How fast does cachexia in someone with non small cell lung cancer advance to refractory stage and can it be reversed ?

Treatment of cancer: Reversal of cachexia depends on successful treatment of the cancer. The rate of progression, if the cancer is not curable, is not predictable. If the cancer is not curable you may wish to seek palliative and/or hospice care for the patient. ...Read more

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Mum has lung cancer tumor no change in size and her weight as gone down to 6 stone from 8 stone in 3 mth is this refactory cachexia?

Mum has lung cancer  tumor no change in size and her weight as gone down to 6 stone  from 8 stone in 3 mth is this refactory cachexia?

Probably: Unintended weight loss of the magnitude your described is not a good sign. Please consult this site for more information on this topic. Wish you and your mom, good health. ...Read more

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Weight of 37kg a drop from 7 stone within 4 months 5 foot 5 tall has non small cell lung cancer age 68 is this signs of terminal cachexia ?

Weight of 37kg a drop from 7 stone within 4 months 5 foot 5 tall has non small cell lung cancer age 68 is this signs of terminal cachexia ?

Likely: Most likely as the body enters a catabolic state in advanced malignancies. Concomitant conditions, related or not to cancer may coexist and contribute further to the weight loss. ...Read more

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Is only decrease in food intake responsible for the weight loss assicated with cancer cachexia?

Is only decrease in food intake responsible for the weight loss assicated with cancer cachexia?

No.: The mechanism is poorly understood, but even nutrition cannot reverse this condition. In cancer patients, it is thought to involve inflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor-alpha (tnf-?), also called cachexin for this reason. Interferon gamma (ifn?), and interleukin 6 (il-6), as well as the tumor-secreted proteolysis inducing factor (pif) are other cytokines involved. ...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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How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand. Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis! ...Read more

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Tingling on and off near left shoulder blade. I googled it which one should never do! Lung cancer was even listed as a cause! I'm 32. No injury. ?

Tingling on and off near left shoulder blade. I googled it which one should never do! Lung cancer was even listed as a cause! I'm 32. No injury. ?

Need more info: A simple tingling near a shoulder blade may not be significant if it does not last. Without knowing more, it is difficult to give a better answer. If the tingling is related to an injury, it is most likely not related to cancer. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more