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Prevalence of Cachexia in women with breast Cancer after mastectomy

Grant number: 17/10441-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition - Nutritional Analysis of Population
Principal Investigator:Alceu Afonso Jordão Junior
Grantee:Julia Trevizoli Marostica
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


Cachexia associated with cancer is a pathology that leads to weight loss and body tissues, a common situation in cancer patients. The cachectic state is closely related to the late diagnosis of cancer, when patients are already severely malnourished and debilitated, leading to death. Among the neoplasms that affect the population, breast cancer stands out due to its high incidence in the female population. Thus, this disease has a prominent role in public health. Breast cancer associated with cachexia leads to weight loss, muscle mass, functional abilities and decreases chances of recovery and survival. Objective: To evaluate the prevalence of cachexia in women diagnosed with breast cancer after mastectomy. Methodology: A cross-sectional study will be carried out with patients attending the teaching, research and assistance center in the rehabilitation of mastectomies (REMA), at the Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing (EERP) located at the University of São Paulo (USP) at Campus de Ribeirão Preto -SP. They will be submitted to anthropometric measurements, weight, height, BMI, circumferences, skinfolds and bioelectrical impedance (BIA). Finally, the statistical analysis will be carried out to reach the conclusion of the main objective. (AU)

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