Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Wonderings. Take a minute, grab whatever you drink on a Sunday afternoon/evening and let’s carry on. I’ll wait..
The James/Wexner, etc
As expected, we have a couple items this week. First, a profound article on research results associated with ‘cancer wasting’, where body mass (mostly lean) is loss. This condition (cachexia) is responsible for one fourth of cancer deaths. The body just wastes away.
A new study reveals that tumors release factors into the bloodstream that inhibit the repair of damaged muscle fibers, and that this contributes to muscle loss during cancer wasting. The condition, also called cancer cachexia, accompanies certain types of cancer, causes life-threatening loss of body weight and lean muscle mass, and is responsible for up to one-in-four cancer deaths. There is no treatment for the condition.
Obviously, ‘no treatment’ status is pretty serious. However, that fact that this research indicates a cause of this condition is a significant step towards moderating and dampening this effect. Truly, if not for Ohio State..