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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 539-546

Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Management of Cancer Cachexia


1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals; Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, India
2 Division of Cancer Control and Prevention, Indian Society of Clinical Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
3 Ummeed Child Development Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Oncoanaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, Dr BR Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India
5 Department of Radiation Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India

Correspondence Address:
Abhishek Shankar
Department of Radiation Oncology, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon-2149

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Cancer cachexia is an important concern in cancer patients in view of advanced stage at presentation. The treatment goal for cachexia is the reversal of the loss of body weight and muscle mass with a variety of pharmacological agents. Various treatment guidelines focus on patients with advanced cancer who are likely to suffer from refractory cachexia. There is a paucity of data on research directed to cancer cachexia on cancer patients. Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are widely use at some or other point of time by the majority of cancer patients in spite of little or no evidence to support that. There are many CAM which have been tried in different set up for cancer cachexia. These medicines are well accepted in view of lesser side effects and easy to use. There is a need for more randomized controlled trials with larger sample size with longer follow-up to generate more evidence in support to the use of CAM in cancer and cancer cachexia.


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