Preservation of macronutrient preferences in cancer anorexia

J. A. Levine, M. Y. Morgan

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Indirect evidence suggests that cancer anorexia is associated with specific aversions to macronutrients. To investigate this, patients with cancer anorexia and hospitalized control subjects devised 3-day menus comprising foods that they wished to eat. These foods were then provided for 3 days and the intakes of each food carefully measured. As expected, patients with cancer anorexia consumed substantially less energy than hospitalized control subjects (6.0 ± 0.9 MJ vs 9.5 ± 0.5 MJ, P < 0.001). However, macronutrient composition was consistently maintained in the patients with cancer anorexia. These data argue against cancer anorexia representing a state of macronutrient aversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-581
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorexia
  • Cancer
  • Dietary composition
  • Dietary intake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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