Communicating with Adolescents and Young Adults about Cancer-associated Weight Loss

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Abstract

Purpose of Review
Over the past two decades, advances have been made in understanding the pathophysiology of cancer-associated weight loss, termed “cachexia.” To date, there is no proven effective intervention to completely reverse cachexia and there are no approved drug therapies to treat it. This paper will review relevant literature in relation to communicating with adolescents and young adults about cancer-associated weight loss.

Recent Findings
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who have cancer are a unique group of patients due to their stage of development and maturity.

Summary
This article outlines issues specific to this patient cohort that need to be considered to better understand the impact of cachexia and explore pertinent matters when communicating with AYAs in relation to cachexia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Oncology Reports
Volume21
Early online date04 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 04 Feb 2019

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