How is anorexia treated in ovarian cancer?

Updated: Aug 10, 2020
  • Author: Andrew E Green, MD; Chief Editor: Yukio Sonoda, MD  more...
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Anorexia seldom occurs without a component of bowel obstruction or ascites. For anorexia without associated bowel obstruction, treatment with megestrol acetate or steroids can stimulate appetite and lead to an increased sense of well-being. Parenteral nutritional support might be appropriate as a short-term measure perioperatively, in patients undergoing surgical relief of bowel obstruction or other intervention. However, long-term parenteral nutritional support is seldom appropriate in a patient with incurable malignant impairment of bowel function.


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