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Anorexia & Cachexia

Anorexia/cachexia syndrome is a complex metabolic process found in many end stage illnesses. This is characterised by the loss or absence of appetite (anorexia) and muscle wasting (cachexia).

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CareSearch - Cachexia Anorexia

Evidence-based information and resources for cachexia and anorexia in palliative care and end of life care, collated by CareSearch. 

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Anorexia and Cachexia

This podcast for health professionals outlines the primary and secondary causes of anorexia and cachexia syndrome in advanced cancer, assessment, symptoms, treatment and the impact on the quality of life of the patient. Duration 12 minutes.

Dr Peter Martin is Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Barwon Health.