Pancreatic cancer remains an aggressive disease, with a poor prognosis and a high risk of incurring into cachexia. Supportive care, such as exercise, nutritional and psychological support, may be effective in reducing functional loss, psychological distress and improving nutritional status. We report the effect of 12 weeks of multimodal lifestyle intervention in a 55-year-old female, diagnosed with unresectable body/tail pancreatic cancer and metastasis in the liver, bone, lymph node and lung, to counteract cachexia. The multimodal program resulted safe and feasible. Over 12 weeks, considerable improvements were found in body weight, health-related physical fitness, nutritional status, distress scores, anxiety and depression levels. These findings highlight the potential role of integrated supportive interventions to manage metastatic cancer and cancer-induced cachexia.

Multidisciplinary lifestyle intervention to manage pancreatic cancer-related cachexia: a case report

Avancini, Alice;Trestini, Ilaria;Tregnago, Daniela;Cavallo, Alessandro;Lanza, Massimo;Milella, Michele;Pilotto, Sara
2021

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer remains an aggressive disease, with a poor prognosis and a high risk of incurring into cachexia. Supportive care, such as exercise, nutritional and psychological support, may be effective in reducing functional loss, psychological distress and improving nutritional status. We report the effect of 12 weeks of multimodal lifestyle intervention in a 55-year-old female, diagnosed with unresectable body/tail pancreatic cancer and metastasis in the liver, bone, lymph node and lung, to counteract cachexia. The multimodal program resulted safe and feasible. Over 12 weeks, considerable improvements were found in body weight, health-related physical fitness, nutritional status, distress scores, anxiety and depression levels. These findings highlight the potential role of integrated supportive interventions to manage metastatic cancer and cancer-induced cachexia.
cachexia
exercise
lifestyle intervention
metastatic disease
nutrition
pancreatic cancer
psychological support
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