New ASCO Choosing Wisely® List Details Five Cancer Tests and Treatments Routinely Performed Despite Lack of Evidence
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has announced its second “Top Five” list of opportunities to improve the quality and value of cancer care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), ASCO’s second Top Five list was released as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, sponsored by the ABIM Foundation, to encourage conversations between physicians and patients aimed at curbing the use of certain tests and procedures that are not supported by clinical research.
by Egidio Del Fabbro, MD
The term cachexia refers to a specific condition characterized by involuntary weight loss, poor appetite, and muscle wasting. It is important to note that cachexia is quite different from starvation. Consuming more calories will not reverse the loss of muscle and fat. And unlike starvation, which is always accompanied by an increased appetite, people with cachexia often have a poor appetite despite weight loss.
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