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Assessment of Sarcopenia Measures Reveals Accelerated Loss in Older Adults with Cancer

Accelerated losses in differing sarcopenia measures existed both prior to and after cancer diagnosis in older adults, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.

More, these findings may present opportunities to improve outcomes via targeted interventions moving forward.

“This study affords a rare glimpse of sarcopenia indices both before and after cancer diagnosis compared with a population without cancer,” wrote the researchers. “Accelerated loses in gait speed prior to cancer diagnosis and accelerated loses in (appendicular lean mass) after cancer diagnosis suggest that a cancer diagnosis does affect age-related losses in some sarcopenia indices.”

Of the total sample, 515 patients developed cancer within the first 7 years of the study. Of those developments, the most common cancers were prostate (n = 117; 23.2%), colorectal (n = 63; 12.5%), lung (n = 61; 12.1%),…

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