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Cancer cachexia

Jenny G Turcott, María Del Rocío Guillen Núñez, Diana Flores-Estrada, Luis F Oñate-Ocaña, Zyanya Lucia Zatarain-Barrón, Feliciano Barrón, Oscar Arrieta
BACKGROUND: Over one half of the patients diagnosed with advanced lung cancer experience anorexia. In addition to its high incidence, cancer-induced anorexia promotes the development of the anorexia-cachexia syndrome, which is related to poor clinical outcomes. Recently, drugs derived from cannabinoids, such as Nabilone, have been recognized for their appetite improvement properties; however, clinical trials to support their use in cancer patients are necessary. METHODS: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of Nabilone vs...
March 17, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Rudolph M Navari
The approach to the treatment of nausea and vomiting in a cancer patient should begin with a complete assessment, including the frequency, duration, and intensity of the nausea/vomiting; associated activities; and whether anorexia or cachexia is present. It is important to determine whether the nausea and vomiting is related to treatment (chemotherapy, radiation) or is independent of cancer treatment. Nausea/vomiting unrelated to chemotherapy and/or radiation may have an etiology for which there is a specific and potentially successful intervention...
March 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Sarah Gray, Bertil Axelsson
INTRODUCTION: Amongst patients with incurable cancer approaching death, cachexia is common and associated with adverse outcomes. The term cachexia lacks a universally accepted definition and there is no consensus regarding which variables are to be measured. Furthermore, an elevated C-reactive protein is a common clinical challenge in this patient group. This study aims to add to the ongoing discussion regarding the definition of cancer cachexia and to study the role of C-reactive protein and s-albumin in this context...
2018: PloS One
Sabrina Rossi, Vincenzo Di Noia, Laura Tonetti, Antonia Strippoli, Michele Basso, Giovanni Schinzari, Alessandra Cassano, Antonio Leone, Carlo Barone, Ettore D'Argento
AIM: To evaluate gefitinib outcomes in EGFR-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harboring EGFR mutations, according to their sarcopenia status. PATIENTS & METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 33 patients with advanced NSCLC and EGFR mutations (exon 19 or 21), dividing them into sarcopenic patients, with low skeletal muscle index ≤39 cm2 /m2 for women and ≤55 cm2 /m2 for men, and nonsarcopenic patients. RESULTS: Sarcopenia does not affect response to gefitinib treatment in EGFR mutated NSCLC patients, even if it is a bad prognostic indicator for overall survival (p = 0...
March 12, 2018: Future Oncology
Ewa Zabrocka, Marek Z Wojtukiewicz, Ewa Sierko
Advanced cancer patients in hospice are at notably increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to age, local and distal advancement of the malignancy and bed confinement, among other factors. Asymptomatic VTE prevalence among palliative care patients has been found to reach 50%, whereas the clinically overt form occurs in 10%. Hospice patients are frequently given medications increasing VTE risk, for instance megestrol which is a drug commonly used in cancer cachexia. Many of the available guidelines encourage the implementation of thromboprophylaxis (TPX) in cancer patients, e...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Mingzhi Xie, Xiaoju Chen, Shouming Qin, Yongjian Bao, Kunpeng Bu, Yang Lu
Objective: To discuss and assess the clinical value of treating lung cancer cachexia with thalidomide combined with cinobufagin.s. Methods: A cohort of 54 patients, who were diagnosed with lung carcinoma, was randomly divided into two groups, a trial group and a control group, respectively. The trial group was given 150 mg/day thalidomide and 2700 mg/day cinobufagin; the control group only received 2,700 mg/day cinobufagin. The therapy lasted for 12 weeks, and the nutritional status, quality of life, survival, and side effects in patients in the two groups were recorded...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
S Zaami, A Di Luca, N M Di Luca, G Montanari Vergallo
This review illustrates some brief considerations of the medical use of cannabis recently issued in Italy. History and uses of cannabis throughout centuries and different countries are illustrated together with a description of botany and active phytocannabinoids. Then, medical use of cannabis anti-pain treatment for patients resistant to conventional therapies is described in case of chronic neuropathic pain, spasticity, for anticinetosic and antiemetic effect in nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, for appetite stimulating effect in cachexia, anorexia, loss of appetite in cancer patients or patients with AIDS and in anorexia nervosa, hypotensive effect in glaucoma resistant to conventional therapies and for reduction of involuntary body and facial movements in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Koji Amano, Tatsuya Morita, Jiro Miyamoto, Teruaki Uno, Hirofumi Katayama, Ryohei Tatara
PURPOSE: Few studies have investigated the need for nutritional support in advanced cancer patients in palliative care settings. Therefore, we conducted a questionnaire to examine the relationship between the perception of need for nutritional support and cancer cachexia and the prevalence of specific needs, perceptions, and beliefs in nutritional support. METHODS: We conducted a questionnaire in palliative care settings. Patients were classified into two groups: (1) non-cachexia/pre-cachexia and (2) cachexia/refractory cachexia...
March 5, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
R Dev, E Bruera, S Dalal
Cancer cachexia, weight loss with altered body composition, is a multifactorial syndrome propagated by symptoms that impair caloric intake, tumor byproducts, chronic inflammation, altered metabolism, and hormonal abnormalities. Cachexia is associated with reduced performance status, decreased tolerance to chemotherapy, and increased mortality in cancer patients. Insulin resistance as a consequence of tumor byproducts, chronic inflammation, and endocrine dysfunction has been associated with weight loss in cancer patients...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
S Antoun, B Raynard
In the field of oncology, it is well recognized that a decrease in mass, density, strength, or function of skeletal muscle is associated to increased treatment toxicities and postoperative complications, as well as poor progression-free survival and overall survival. The ability of amino acids to stimulate protein synthesis in cancer patients is reduced. Considering nutritional intervention, this anabolic resistance could be in a part counteracted by increasing protein or by giving specific amino acids. In particular, Leucine might counteract this anabolic resistance not only by increasing substrate availability, but also by directly modulating the anabolic signal pathway...
February 1, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Chih-Horng Wu, Ming-Chu Chang, Vladimir K Lyadov, Po-Chin Liang, Chyi-Mong Chen, Tiffany Ting-Fang Shih, Yu-Ting Chang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Sarcopenia and cachexia are associated with pancreatic cancer and serve as important adverse prognostic factors. Body composition can be analyzed by routine computed tomography (CT) for cancer staging and has been used to study many types of cancer. The CT measurements are robust, but the diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia vary among different studies. Age, sex and race are important factors that affect muscle and fat masses. This study aimed to analyze the effect of different sarcopenia diagnostic criteria on the prognosis of patients with pancreatic cancer...
February 20, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Mahalaqua Nazli Khatib, Anuraj H Shankar, Richard Kirubakaran, Abhay Gaidhane, Shilpa Gaidhane, Padam Simkhada, Zahiruddin Quazi Syed
BACKGROUND: Cancer sufferers are amongst the most malnourished of all the patient groups. Studies have shown that ghrelin, a gut hormone can be a potential therapeutic agent for cachexia (wasting syndrome) associated with cancer. A variety of mechanisms of action of ghrelin in people with cancer cachexia have been proposed. However, safety and efficacy of ghrelin for cancer-associated cachexia have not been systematically reviewed. The aim of this review was to assess whether ghrelin is associated with better food intake, body composition and survival than other options for adults with cancer cachexia...
February 28, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Syahrir Zaini, N G Chong Guan, Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman, Nor Zuraida Zainal, Hasniza Zaman Huri, Siti Hadijah Shamsudin
: Cancer patients are commonly associated with various physical and psychological symptoms. In view of this matter, palliative care is usually given to relieve those symptoms, improve quality of life, and increase medication adherence. Antidepressants are generally accepted for the treatment of depression among patients with or without cancer. Some other potential benefits of these medications have been experienced in clinical practice. Therefore, this study aimed to review the use of antidepressant for physical and psychological symptoms in cancer...
February 26, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Yoshinaga Okugawa, Li Yao, Yuji Toiyama, Akira Yamamoto, Tsunehiko Shigemori, Chengzeng Yin, Yusuke Omura, Shozo Ide, Takahito Kitajima, Tadanobu Shimura, Hiroyuki Fujikawa, Hiromi Yasuda, Junichiro Hiro, Shigeyuki Yoshiyama, Minako Kobayashi, Koji Tanaka, Yasuhiro Inoue, Toshimitsu Araki, Chikao Miki, Masato Kusunoki
Severe malnutrition accompanied by sarcopenia and cachexia, is strongly associated with the surgical and oncological outcomes in cancer patients. The aim of the present study was to clarify the clinical significance of sarcopenia and its correlation with sarcopenia-associated miRNA in colorectal cancer (CRC). A total of 167 CRC patients were enrolled in the present study. We evaluated psoas muscle mass index (PMI) and intramuscular adipose tissue content (IMAC). The expression of miR-21 in CRC tissues and preoperative serum was evaluated using quantitative PCR...
April 2018: Oncology Reports
A Mohan, R Poulose, A Ansari, K Madan, V Hadda, G C Khilnani, R Guleria
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is frequent in lung cancer and is measured using various tools, including the novel bioelectric impedance technique for measuring body composition. However, the validation of this technique for assessing body composition in advanced small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is untested. METHODS: Forty-one treatment naïve patients (all males) and an equal number of age- and sex-matched controls were evaluated by anthropometric measurements of skinfold thicknesses and body composition parameters such as body fat%, fat mass, fat-free mass (FFM), and total body water (TBW)...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Cancer
Muhammed Keskin, Göktük İpek, Mustafa Aldağ, Servet Altay, Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Edibe Betül Börklü, Duygu İnan, Ömer Kozan
OBJECTIVES: The prognostic effects of poor nutritional status and cardiac cachexia on coronary artery disease (CAD) are not clearly understood. A well-accepted nutritional status parameter, the prognostic nutritional index (PNI), which was first demonstrated to be valuable in patients with cancer and those undergoing gastrointestinal surgery, was introduced to patients requiring coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of PNI in patients with CAD undergoing CABG...
December 7, 2017: Nutrition
Bhavani S Gannavarapu, Steven K M Lau, Kristen Carter, Nathan A Cannon, Ang Gao, Chul Ahn, Jeffrey J Meyer, David J Sher, Aminah Jatoi, Rodney Infante, Puneeth Iyengar
PURPOSE: Cancer-associated weight loss is associated with poor prognosis in advanced malignancy; however, its pretreatment prevalence and survival impact are inadequately described in large cohorts. Such data, stratified by tumor type and stage, may facilitate the optimal and timely allocation of complementary care, leading to improvements in patient survival and quality of life. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of 3,180 consecutively treated adult patients with lung or GI (including colorectal, liver, and pancreatic) cancer...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
Mónica Patricia Cala, María Teresa Agulló-Ortuño, Elena Prieto-García, Carolina González-Riano, Lucía Parrilla-Rubio, Coral Barbas, Carmen Vanesa Díaz-García, Antonia García, Cristina Pernaut, Jorge Adeva, María Carmen Riesco, Francisco Javier Rupérez, Jose Antonio Lopez-Martin
BACKGROUND: Cachexia is a metabolic syndrome that affects up to 50-80% of cancer patients. The pathophysiology is characterized by a variable combination of reduced food intake and abnormal metabolism, including systemic inflammation and negative protein and energy balance. Despite its high clinical significance, defined diagnostic criteria and established therapeutic strategies are lacking. The 'omics' technologies provide a global view of biological systems. We hypothesize that blood-based metabolomics might identify findings in cachectic patients that could provide clues to gain knowledge on its pathophysiology, and eventually postulate new therapeutic strategies...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
Mariah A Aredes, Marcelly R Garcez, Gabriela V Chaves
AIM: Assess the influence of chemoradiotherapy on the nutritional status, functional capacity and quality of life (QoL), associating these indicators at baseline with toxicity and interruption of oncologic treatment in women with cervical cancer. METHODS: Prospective cohort study performed on 49 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, who underwent treatment between August 2015 and January 2016. For data collection, two appointments were conducted by the lead researcher: the first occurred the day before the first chemotherapy session (T0) and the other at the end of chemotherapy session (T1)...
February 21, 2018: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
Kentaro Nakamura, Hidekazu Tonouchi, Akina Sasayama, Kinya Ashida
Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets (ketogenic diets) might prevent tumor progression and could be used as supportive therapy; however, few studies have addressed the effect of such diets on colorectal cancer. An infant formula with a ketogenic composition (ketogenic formula; KF) is used to treat patients with refractory epilepsy. We investigated the effect of KF on cancer and cancer cachexia in colon tumor-bearing mice. Mice were randomized into normal (NR), tumor-bearing (TB), and ketogenic formula (KF) groups...
February 14, 2018: Nutrients
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