Review collection - Anorexia cachexia 

34 reviews


Zhang F, Shen A, Jin Y, Qiang W. The management strategies of cancer-associated anorexia: a critical appraisal of systematic reviews. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018 Aug 9;18(1):236. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2304-8.


Bai Y, Hu Y, Zhao Y, Yu X, Xu J, Hua Z, Zhao Z. Anamorelin for cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Mochamat, Cuhls H, Marinova M, Kaasa S, Stieber C, Conrad R, Radbruch L, Mücke M. A systematic review on the role of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other supplements for the treatment of cachexia in cancer: a European Palliative Care Research Centre cachexia project. J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2017 Feb;8(1):25-39. Epub 2016 Jul 20.


Wheelwright S, Darlington AS, Hopkinson JB, Fitzsimmons D, Johnson C. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of quality of life in the informal carers of cancer patients with cachexia. Palliat Med. 2016 Feb;30(2):149-60. doi: 10.1177/0269216315588743. Epub 2015 May 29.


Miller S, McNutt L, McCann MA, McCorry N. Use of corticosteroids for anorexia in palliative medicine: a systematic review. J Palliat Med. 2014 Apr;17(4):482-5.


Reid J, Hughes CM, Murray LJ, Parsons C, Cantwell MM. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of cancer cachexia: a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2013 Apr;27(4):295-303. Epub 2012 Mar 26.

Ruiz Garcia V, López-Briz E, Carbonell Sanchis R, Gonzalvez Perales JL, Bort-Marti S. Megestrol acetate for treatment of anorexia-cachexia syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Mar 28;3:CD004310.

Solheim TS, Fearon KC, Blum D, Kaasa S. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment in cancer cachexia: a systematic literature review. Acta Oncol. 2013 Jan;52(1):6-17.Epub 2012 Oct 1.

Wheelwright S1, Darlington AS, Hopkinson JB, Fitzsimmons D, White A, Johnson CD. A systematic review of health-related quality of life instruments in patients with cancer cachexia. Support Care Cancer. 2013 Sep;21(9):2625-36. Epub 2013 Jun 25.


Annunziata MA, Giovannini L, Muzzatti B. Assessing the body image: relevance, application and instruments for oncological settings. Support Care Cancer. 2012 May;20(5):901-7.Epub 2011 Dec 12.

Payne C, Wiffen PJ, Martin S. Interventions for fatigue and weight loss in adults with advanced progressive illness. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jan 18;1:CD008427.

Reid J, Mills M, Cantwell M, Cardwell CR, Murray LJ, Donnelly M. Thalidomide for managing cancer cachexia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Apr 18;4:CD008664.


Blum D, Omlin A, Baracos VE, Solheim TS, Tan BH, Stone P, Kaasa S, Fearon K, Strasser F; European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Cancer cachexia: a systematic literature review of items and domains associated with involuntary weight loss in cancer. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2011 Oct;80(1):114-44. Epub 2011 Jan 8.

Hopkinson JB, Okamoto I, Addington-Hall JM. What to eat when off treatment and living with involuntary weight loss and cancer: a systematic search and narrative review. Support Care Cancer. 2011 Jan;19(1):1-17. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Ries A, Trottenberg P, Elsner F, Stiel S, Haugen D, Kaasa S, Radbruch L. A systematic review on the role of fish oil for the treatment of cachexia in advanced cancer: An EPCRC cachexia guidelines project. Palliat Med. 2011 Aug 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Tan BH, Ross JA, Kaasa S, Skorpen F, Fearon KC; European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Identification of possible genetic polymorphisms involved in cancer cachexia: a systematic review. J Genet. 2011 Apr;90(1):165-77.


Blum D, Omlin A, Fearon K, Baracos V, Radbruch L, Kaasa S, Strasser F; European Palliative Care Research Collaborative. Evolving classification systems for cancer cachexia: ready for clinical practice? Support Care Cancer. 2010 Mar;18(3):273-9.

Dy SM, Apostol CC. Evidence-based approaches to other symptoms in advanced cancer. Cancer J. 2010 Sep-Oct;16(5):507-13.


Adams LA, Shepard N, Caruso RA, Norling MJ, Belansky H, Cunningham RS. Putting evidence into practice: evidence-based interventions to prevent and manage anorexia.  Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2009 Feb;13(1):95-102.

Bartosch-Härlid A, Andersson R. Cachexia in pancreatic cancer – mechanisms and potential intervention. e-SPEN, the European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. 2009 Dec;4(6):e337-e343.

Mazzotta P, Jeney CM. Anorexia-cachexia syndrome: a systematic review of the role of dietary polyunsaturated Fatty acids in the management of symptoms, survival, and quality of life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Jun;37(6):1069-77. Epub 2008 Dec 2.


Al-Majid S, Waters H. The biological mechanisms of cancer-related skeletal muscle wasting: the role of progressive resistance exercise. Biol Res Nurs. 2008 Jul;10(1):7-20.

Dy SM, Lorenz KA, Naeim A, Sanati H, Walling A, Asch SM. Evidence-based recommendations for cancer fatigue, anorexia, depression, and dyspnea. J Clin Oncol. 2008 Aug 10;26(23):3886-95.

Leśniak W, Bała M, Jaeschke R, Krzakowski M. Effects of megestrol acetate in patients with cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome--a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pol Arch Med Wewn. 2008 Nov;118(11):636-44.


Colomer R, Moreno-Nogueira JM, García-Luna PP, García-Peris P, García-de-Lorenzo A, Zarazaga A, Quecedo L, del Llano J, Usán L, Casimiro C. N-3 fatty acids, cancer and cachexia: a systematic review of the literature. Br J Nutr. 2007 May;97(5):823-31.

Dewey A, Baughan C, Dean T, Higgins B, Johnson I. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid from fish oils) for the treatment of cancer cachexia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007(1):CD004597.

Gelato M, McNurlan M, Freedland E. Role of recombinant human growth hormone in HIV-associated wasting and cachexia: pathophysiology and rationale for treatment. Clin Ther. 2007 Nov;29(11):2269-88.


Shragge JE, Wismer WV, Olson KL, Baracos VE. The management of anorexia by patients with advanced cancer: a critical review of the literature. Palliat Med. 2006 Sep;20(6):623-9.


Berenstein EG, Ortiz Z. Megestrol acetate for the treatment of anorexia-cachexia syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Apr 18;(2):CD004310. (Updated 2013)

Yavuzsen T, Davis MP, Walsh D, LeGrand S, Lagman R. Systematic review of the treatment of cancer associated anorexia and weight loss. J Clin Oncol. 2005 Nov 20;23(33):8500-11.


Moyle GJ, Schoelles K, Fahrbach K, Frame D, James K, Scheye R, Cure-Bolt N. Efficacy of selected treatments of HIV wasting: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004 Dec 1;37 Suppl 5:S262-76.

Pascual Lopez A, Roque i Figuls M, Urrutia Cuchi G, Berenstein E, Almenar Pasies B, Balcells Alegre M, Herdman M. Systematic review of megestrol acetate in the treatment of anorexia-cachexia syndrome. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2004 Apr;27(4):360-9.


Brown JK. A systematic review of the evidence on symptom management of cancer-related anorexia and cachexia.  Oncol Nurs Forum. 2002 Apr;29(3):517-32.

Poole K, Froggatt K. Loss of weight and loss of appetite in advanced cancer: a problem for the patient, the carer, or the health professional? Palliat Med. 2002 Nov;16(6):499-06.


Maltoni M, Nanni O, Scarpi E, Rossi D, Serra P, Amadori D. High-dose progestins for the treatment of cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Ann Oncol. 2001 Mar;12(3):289-300.

Last updated 19 August 2021