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April 2001 News and Blog Posts (4)

Current Management of Cancer-Associated Anorexia and Weight Loss

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Drs. Jatoi and Loprinzi provide a comprehensive but succinct overview of the management of cancer-associated anorexia and weight loss. These clinician researchers, who have added much to our understanding of this problem, present a balanced and reasonable approach to the management of these common paraneoplastic syndromes.



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Almost 3 decades ago, it was hoped that enteral and parenteral support for the cancer… Continue

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Current Management of Cancer-Associated Anorexia and Weight Loss

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Loss of weight and appetite predict a poor prognosis for cancer patients. In an 1811 treatise, John Abernathy described a patient with a tumor, "which made him look very sickly and grow very thin, and caused some persons to deem the disease cancerous."[1] Abernathy went on to say that "the derangement of the constitution was as violent as the local disease, and in about a week, the patient died."



Spurred by such early observations, DeWys and others formally… Continue

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Current Management of Cancer-Associated Anorexia and Weight Loss

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In their article in this issue, Drs. Jatoi and Loprinzi review much of the data on weight loss and anorexia in cancer patients from the standpoint of the impact of nutrition and various pharmacologic agents on management, and they make some sound recommendations for therapy. The benefit of nutritional interventions in this area are often overhwhelmed by the patient’s complex disease course and, therefore, are difficult to demonstrate.



It is now clear that… Continue

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Study Expands on Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In response to encouraging results from a small pilot study of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) for treatment-resistant depression, researchers are now expanding the study to approximately 200 patients in 20 sites across the United States.



In a statement to the press from Stanford University, one of the research sites added to the initial four, John Barry, M.D., emphasized that the patients being recruited are those with depression that has been refractory to… Continue

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