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Fall 2007

Mammography... Making a Difference
Message from the Administrator
From Screening to Treatment
Honors, Awards & Publications
New Clinic: Cancer Appetite and Rehabilitation (CARE)
OncoLife Survivorship Care Plan
Survivors Day 2007
Recent Events
One Step Ahead: Education and Support Group
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CARE Clinic: A New Cancer Cachexia Clinic at JKCC

The Pain and Supportive Care Program at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center and the rehabilitation program at Pennsylvania Hospital have joined efforts to develop the Cancer Appetite and Rehabilitation (CARE) Clinic. The purpose of this clinic is to reduce the effects of cancer cachexia and improve nutrition, function, symptom management and quality of life of cancer patients.

Cachexia is weight loss, muscle atrophy, fatigue, weakness and significant loss of appetite in someone who is not actively trying to lose weight. Patients at high risk for cancer cachexia include those with head and neck cancers, lung cancer or GI cancers or who have completed cancer treatment, but have lost weight and are deconditioned.

Symtoms of Cachexia Include:

  • Involuntary weight loss
  • Increasing fatigue
  • Difficulty with function & activities of daily living
  • Experiencing difficult or painful swallowing

The clinic provides comprehensive care including medical, nutrition and physical therapy evaluation. This evaluation is followed by an individualized nutritional and rehabilitation program directed to meet the patient's needs and improve overall quality of life.

The goals of the CARE Clinic are:

  • To facilitate enrollment in clinical trials for cancer cachexia
  • To prevent or reverse the progressive weight loss in cancer patients when possible
  • To provide strategies to maximize safety, efficiency and enjoyment of oral nutrition
  • To manage cancer-related fatigue
  • To prevent unnecessary loss of function and restore normal or near-normal function through an individualized rehabilitation program

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 215-829-3225 or visit the Pain and Supportive Care Program web page.


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