Muscle-Wasting In Cancer Patients Could Be Diagnosed Earlier With New Tool, McGill University Study

Published: Nov 09, 2016

It is estimated that around a third of cancer patients die because of cachexia - a syndrome characterized by muscle-wasting, weight loss, and metabolic changes that cannot be treated just by increasing food intake. Now, researchers have compiled a diagnostic tool comprising readily available measures and tests that could potentially extend survival in advanced cancer patients by helping to diagnose cachexia in its early stages - before it becomes irreversible.

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