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Two-drug combo fights muscle loss and improves QOL for advanced cancer patients

English: Main symptoms of cancer metastasis. S...
English: Main symptoms of cancer metastasis. Sources are found in main article: Wikipedia:Metastasis#Symptoms. Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Wikipedia:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine/Archive 10#Illustrations of symptoms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found this study about treating symptoms of advanced cancer the other day. The study shows quality of life improvement for advanced cancer patients by using “a two-drug combination (including nutraceuticals, i.e. antioxidants) with carnitine + celecoxib for the treatment of cancer-related anorexia/cachexia syndrome” (cachexia means loss of lean muscle mass and decreasing strength). The treatment is about reducing inflammation, possibly improving muscle strength, and thus improving quality of life.

My friend took it to her doctor and her doc, who said she hadn’t heard of this, started her on a related medication. My friend now reports she sleeps better due to a significant reduction in spinal pain and other symptoms.

How good it is to learn that some research I reported on is helping someone I know.

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