Eating-Related Distress of Patients with Advanced, Incurable Cancer and of Their Partners

  • Florian Strasser


The mechanism of loss of weight (cachexia), appetite (anorexia), and strength (asthenia) of most patients with advanced, incurable cancer encompasses a complex combination of paraneoplastic primary anorexia-cachexia syndromes (ACS). In addition, there are often secondary ACS due to other complications of advanced cancer, such as severe symptoms, disrupted function of the gastrointestinal tract, and reduced physical ability [1].


Cancer Cachexia Terminal Illness Incurable Cancer Hospice Patient Chronic Nausea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian Strasser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Section Oncology/Haematology, Oncology and Palliative MedicineCantonal HospitalSt.GallenSwitzerland

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