Chances are, if your loved one is suffering from cachexia, they already have a late stage chronic disease like cancer, COPD, or heart failure. And you and your family are certainly struggling with this unfair added dimension of illness. Cachexia is a progressive, visual reminder that your loved one is dying. It is a terminal illness that is mercilessly pushing and shoving your family toward the end of your time with your mother, father, sister, brother, spouse …
Two patients with the same cancer can have completely different experiences when one has cachexia and the other does not. The one with cachexia will live for far less time than the one without. In fact, 20% of cancer patients die from cachexia, not cancer. This makes for a drastically different experience for caregivers and family members as well.
When you first saw the signs of cachexia in your loved one, it no doubt caused alarm. It often alters the psycho-social dynamic in families. Tension is created and builds between patients, family members and medical staff. Your instinct is to get more calories in! It’s a very emotional response. You, as a caregiver, may make it your responsibility, your mission to stop the wasting—accosting doctors in hallways, desperately trying tactics like force-feeding or emotional manipulation to get your loved one to eat.
One woman whose husband was wasting from cancer cachexia insisted that he could eat if he wanted to, but he was just being stubborn. A young woman’s family blamed her cachexia on the fact that “she’s always been a picky eater.”
A social worker at a hospital intervened and asked an emaciated cachexia patient dying from metastatic breast cancer about her husband’s daily force-feeding assault, during which he pinched her nose and shoved food in when she opened her mouth. The woman replied that even though she did not want to eat, she understood that her husband needed to do it because he wasn’t ready to lose her. The patient felt she had to help him.
Other patients have admitted to pretending to sleep when family members who constantly nagged them about eating came to visit.
It’s understandable; food is a way of sharing and showing you care. But it must be understood that a patient with cachexia is not like a patient with anorexia, which is loss of appetite. With cachexia, a patient can eat way more than they normally would and still lose weight.
Nutritional support, even intravenously, has not worked as a treatment. Because inflammation is known to be a contributing factor to cachexia, clinicians have also tried anti-inflammatories and NSAIDs, but with no success.
Some patients, when put on low doses of steroids, will experience an increase in appetite, which will lead to feeling better and even putting on weight. But that weight is water and fat, not lean muscle. After 2-3 weeks, the steroids are no longer effective and are, therefore, not a long-term solution.
A patient suffering from cachexia becomes listless and unhappy. And the effects of cachexia ripple throughout the family as well.
This has been the story of cachexia for centuries.
But now there is a solution that could improve longevity and quality of life, and even give patients and their families a fighting chance against the disease …
Cachexinol: Changing the Fate of Cachexia Patients
Mice Fully Recover from Cachexia in Studies
Cachexinol is a patent-pending based formula that has two mouse studies showing mice with cancer tumor-induced cachexia live for the full length of time and regain weight.
Using a proprietary liposome technology, Cachexinol was developed by an award-winning chemist and is clinically proven to increase nutrient absorption. It bypasses digestion, and therefore can often circumvent nutritional impact symptoms, like poor appetite and nausea.
When something new—that hasn’t been tried before—like Cachexinol comes along, that packages the therapeutic benefits of a natural spice in a custom developed delivery package (liposome) and is guaranteed to get it into the bloodstream … it’s important that patients, caregivers, and their care team are made aware and discuss it as an option moving forward.
As an advocate for your loved one, you have the right to advocate for new options. Just like you have the right, along with our doctors and researchers, to not accept that cachexia has to be a terminal disease.