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Cancer Cachexia and Hydrazine Sulfate

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Cachexia is an unfortunate yet common complication of cancer progression. The word “cachexia” comes from the Greek words “kakos”, meaning “bad”, and “hexis”, meaning “state or condition”. The Greek physician Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine, provided one of the earliest know descriptions of cachexia.

The shoulders, clavicles, chest and thighs melt away. This illness is fatal… Hippocrates (460–370 BC)

Cachexia is characterized by unintentional weight loss, muscle wasting, decreased fat storage, hypermetabolism, and a loss of appetite. The onset of cachexia and the accompanying loss of energy and strength worsens survival rates, leading to diminished quality of life for sufferers as they are no longer able or interested in participating in activities that would ordinarily be enjoyable.

More than one process contributes to the cancer cachexia cascade in the body. All underlying factors are not yet fully understood, but certain important facts are known. Though ultimately the best way to treat cancer cachexia is to stop cancer growth and metabolism, understanding the underlying processes involved can help us find better ways to mitigate the impacts of cachexia on the body and improve quality of life.
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The Importance of Protein for Cancer Patients

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Protein is something that is essential for life. So much so, that if you do not get enough protein in your diet through the foods that you eat, your body will start breaking down first its own muscle tissue, then its own organ tissue to get the proteins that it needs. Loss of muscle mass can gradually lead to loss of strength, loss of energy, loss of appetite, and loss of will to go on. When cancer is the cause of muscle wasting and loss of appetite, it is called cachexia. But often, those who have placed strict limits on their diet go through a similar wasting that can be reversed if they only increase their protein intake. Read More...
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