By Egidio Del Fabbro, Akio Inui, Florian Strasser, David Blum, Hajime Suzuki

Cancer Cachexia is a concise, absolutely illustrated instruction manual written with the purpose of accelerating know-how of melanoma cachexia and highlighting most sensible perform prognosis, remedy, and administration thoughts for this devastating sickness. this is often one other name within the ongoing Springer Healthcare melanoma Supportive Care Series.

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Thus, aside from physical causes, patients should be asked whether they feel they are experiencing fatigue due to cognitive disturbances, such as decreased emotional energy, loss of purpose, or sense of self. Another reliable way to identify a patient with cancer cachexia is by assessing if there is uncontrolled or unwanted weight loss, described as >5% total body weight loss, in the previous 2–6 months [2]. Severity of weight loss and cachexia can be estimated by: • Percentage of total body weight loss; • Body mass index (BMI).

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