Anorexia and Cachexia

Robert Smeltz

in Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780190204747
Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190204761 | DOI:
Anorexia and Cachexia

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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.

Chapter.  5946 words. 

Subjects: Pain Medicine ; Nursing

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