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Many older cancer patients have malnutrition, study finds

Fifty-five percent of patients with cancer ages 65 and older had malnutrition, compared with 36% of those ages 50 and younger, according to a study in the journal Cancer. The findings, based on 2012 data involving 4,783 cancer patients in public hospitals across Brazil, also showed increased prevalence of nutrition impact symptoms among those who critically needed better nutrition based on a questionnaire, with loss of appetite being the most common symptom.

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