Managing cancer cachexia

The European Palliative Care Research Collaboration has developed evidence-based recommendations for the classification and treatment of cachexia in advanced cancer patients. These treatment guidelines focus on patients with advanced cancer that are likely to suffer from refractory cachexia, a very serious condition especially as many of these patients are receiving palliative care and life expectancy is often short

Egidio Del Fabbro

2015

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  • The European Palliative Care Research Collaboration has developed evidence-based recommendations for the classification and treatment of cachexia in advanced cancer patients. These treatment guidelines focus on patients with advanced cancer that are likely to suffer from refractory cachexia, a very serious condition especially as many of these patients are receiving palliative care and life expectancy is often short
  • Little cachexia-specific research has been done on this patient group and the EPCRC treatment guidelines had to consider whether research results taken from other disease stages could be applicable for patients with advanced and incurable disease with refractory cachexia
  • Little cachexia-specific research has been done on this patient group and the European Palliative Care Research Collaboration treatment guidelines had to consider whether research results taken from other disease stages could be applicable for patients with advanced and incurable disease with refractory cachexia

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