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Holistic multimodal care for patients with cancer cachexia and their family caregivers

Amano, Koji, Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID:, Baracos, Vickie E. and Mori, Naoharu 2023. Holistic multimodal care for patients with cancer cachexia and their family caregivers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing 10 (Supp 1) , 100290. 10.1016/j.apjon.2023.100290

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Patients with cancer cachexia frequently suffer from physical symptoms and psychological symptoms of illness, which can lead to emotional distress in patients and family caregivers. Although there is no standard care to manage cancer cachexia despite its high prevalence and negative impact on quality of life in patients and family caregivers, there is accumulating evidence showing the importance of holistic multimodal care for cancer cachexia. However, there is no agreement on the essential components of holistic multimodal care. Therefore, the aims of this review are to give an overview of what is known about the holistic multimodal care and to suggest the composition of a multidisciplinary team to achieve holistic interventions. Holistic multimodal care for cancer cachexia is defined as an approach that addresses physical health through medical, pharmacological, nutritional, and rehabilitative interventions as well as psychological, emotional, and social well-being issues according to the needs of patients and family caregivers. Moreover, an ideal multidisciplinary team is proposed to achieve holistic interventions based on patient- and family-centered care. However, the development of educational programs on cancer cachexia for both clinicians and patients and family caregivers is needed. Furthermore, measurements to assess the benefits of holistic multimodal care also need to be established.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 23475625
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 January 2024
Date of Acceptance: 1 August 2023
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2024 17:12

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