Weight loss is a common symptom of cancer and a side effect of cancer treatment. Experts say most people diagnosed with cancer will experience some form of weight reduction during the course of the disease. The definition of weight loss is a reduction in body mass because of a decrease in body fat, fluid, muscle, and other connective tissues. Weight loss is difficult to cope with, but fortunately, there are medical, nutritional, and natural health strategies available to help manage it. There are complex reasons why weight loss occurs in people with cancer. The research aims to understand these factors, to further optimize treatment.
Cancer-related weight loss ranges from mild to severe. Most people recently diagnosed with cancer see initial mild weight loss. Further loss of weight throughout the treatment process is normal. For those who recover and go into remission, weight eventually returns to normal. However, if weight loss continues, it can progress to cachexia or wasting syndrome, a severe form of weight loss.
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