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Is only decrease in food intake responsible for the weight loss assicated with cancer cachexia?
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: No
There is also an increase in calorie expenditure.

In brief: No
There is also an increase in calorie expenditure.
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