Cancer cachexia: involvement of an expanding macroenvironment

Cancer Cell. 2023 Mar 13;41(3):581-584. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2023.02.007. Epub 2023 Mar 2.


Advanced cancers often present with the cachexia syndrome that impacts peripheral tissues, leading to involuntary weight loss and reduced prognosis. The central tissues undergoing depletion are skeletal muscle and adipose, but recent findings reveal an expanding tumor macroenvironment involving organ crosstalks that underlie the cachectic state.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cachexia* / etiology
  • Cachexia* / pathology
  • Humans
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Neoplasms* / complications
  • Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Prognosis