Testosterone therapy could be the cure for weight loss in cancer patients

A new study shows that testosterone therapy can help prevent loss of body mass in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Approximately 20% of cancer-related deaths are attributed to the syndrome of cachexia, which in cancer patients is often characterised by a rapid or severe loss of fat and skeletal muscle.

Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Testosterone therapy can help prevent weight loss or loss of body mass in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and help improve their quality of life. Many cancer patients suffer from a loss of body mass known as cachexia. The research, published in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, may help cancer patients increase quality of life and maintain eligibility to receive standard of care therapy if cachexia ensues.

Previous nutrition-focussed treatment failed to combat this severe loss of body mass, which led researchers to investigate the hormone testosterone as an option to combat the often debilitating consequences of cancer cachexia.

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