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Cancer Glossary: Words You Need to Know

Cachexia

A serious clinical form of protein-caloric malnutrition, occurring in some people with cancer, especially cancers of the digestive system. Cachexia is characterized by a loss of muscle tissue and subcutaneous fat, and by a much lower than normal body weight. Between 4% and 23% of cancer deaths are due to cachexia. open next page to see More