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29.07.2020 | short review Open Access

Sarcopenia in cancer—a focus on elderly cancer patients

Zeitschrift:
memo - Magazine of European Medical Oncology
Autoren:
PhD Dr. Maximilian Marhold, MSc Thais Topakian, PhD Dr. Matthias Unseld
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Summary

Geriatric assessments, nutritional counseling and monitoring of muscle health before and during therapy are of high clinical significance in the management of elderly cancer patients. Criteria, data and cut-offs characterizing cancer-related geriatric sarcopenia are sparse and no consensus about definitions exists to date. We hence highlight a need for clinical trials focusing on sarcopenia in elderly cancer patients, based on its high prevalence and potential negative consequences on therapy outcomes, mortality, quality of life and physical mobility.

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