Cancer cachexia

Mol Cancer. 2003 Nov 5;2:36. doi: 10.1186/1476-4598-2-36.


In recent years many efforts of researchers and clinicians were made to improve our knowledge of cachexia syndrome. Not only cancer, but also many chronic or end-stage diseases such as AIDS, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis and Crohn's disease are associated with cachexia, a condition of abnormally low weight, weakness, and general bodily decline which deteriorates quality of life and reduces the prognosis of the patients who suffer from it. In the present editorial we will focus cachexia related on cancer and provide some insight into this prognosis-limiting syndrome.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Cachexia / etiology
  • Cachexia / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / complications*