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67 Improving Care for Patients with Cancer and Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome: A Resource Pack for Healthcare Professionals
  1. C Hawkinsa,
  2. I Andrewb,
  3. T Astonc,
  4. T Beyerc,
  5. K Waterfielda and
  6. G Kirkpatrickb
  1. a Palliative Medicine, University Hospital of North Durham, Durham, UK
  2. b Pharmacy, University Hospital of North Durham, Durham, UK
  3. c Dietetics, Hambledon and Richmond Primary Care Trust, UK
  4. d Physiotherapy, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, UK

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Background

Patients, their caregivers and healthcare professionals describe a sense of hopelessness and helplessness when confronted with the consequences of cancer-induced anorexia-cachexia syndrome (ACS). Yet ACS is responsible for significant morbidity, both physical and psychosocial. Assessment of the consequent problems of ACS and plans for managing these are highly variable and are, sometimes, not attempted.

Aim and method

Provide healthcare professionals with …

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