Anorexia

Anorexia

Anorexia is the involuntary loss of appetite that has been reported to be as high as 80% in patients with various types of late-stage cancers. Anorexia is the most prominent symptom in the anorexia–cachexia syndrome that has been described in patients with cancer. ONS PEP resources address anorexia as a unique symptom separate from the entire cachexia syndrome. Many factors contribute to the loss of appetite associated with cancer or other disease processes as well as oncologic treatment side effects.

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2011–2014 Authors

Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, Paula Caron, MS, ARNP, ACHPN, and Barbara Rogers, CRNP, MN, AOCN®, ANP-BC

ONS Staff: Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS

 

2009 Authors

Lynn A. Adams, RN, MS, ANP, AOCN®, and Regina S. Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN®

ONS Staff: Heather Belansky, RN, MSN

 

2008 Authors

Lynn A. Adams, RN, MS, ANP, AOCN®, Regina S. Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN®, Rose Ann Caruso, RN, OCN®, Martha J. Norling, RN, OCN®, and Nancy Shepard, RN, MS, AOCN®

ONS Staff: Heather Belansky, RN, MSN


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