Emaciated but not unloved Patients and carers need support to cope with the distressing effects of cachexia

Peter McIntyre

Images of gaunt, wasted bodies are shocking and often linked to feelings of shame, blame or guilt. When patients with advanced cancer begin to look this way, the problem lies with the cancer more than any lack of appetite. But if this is not well understood, friends and family can feel at fault, and cajoling the patient to eat can become a source of great tension. Timely advice can help.

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