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Anorexia and Cachexia 

Anorexia and Cachexia
Anorexia and Cachexia

Robert Smeltz

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date: 19 January 2022

This chapter defines anorexia and cachexia and discusses their relationship as a syndrome. As symptoms, they are often seen in most advanced stages of disease. The assessment of anorexia and cachexia is fundamental in establishing an effective treatment plan. Setting goals and patient and family education on the limits of reversing anorexia and cachexia in advanced disease is critical. A multimodal holistic approach involving pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic measures delivered by an interdisciplinary care team is essential to addressing cachexia and anorexia syndrome.

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