Cachexia in cancer patients

Can exercise reduce this?

  • Unclear whether exercise is more effective than usual care for cancer patients
  • No clear evidence for the additional value of multimodal interventions
  • Further high quality research is needed to determine optimal treatment

Even though it seems obvious, there is no definitive evidence that exercise – neither as monotherapy nor as part of a multimodal approach – leads to better results than usual care in reducing cachexia. The current state of the art does not allow drawing firm conclusions yet. This is concluded by a Brazilian research group who performed a Cochrane literature review on this specific topic.


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