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J Support Oncol. 2005 Sep-Oct;3(5):377-82.

The Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Therapy (FAACT) Appetite Scale in veteran cancer patients.

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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA.


Anorexia and appetite assessment is an important priority in supportive oncology. A series of 156 veterans participating in a hematology oncology service completed the Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Therapy (FAACT), the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General scale, the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form (MSAS-SF), and the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and were followed for survival. The FAACT score correlated well with Karnofsky performance status, quality of life, and symptom distress subscales. A single appetite distress item from the MSAS-SF correlated well with these measures. Both appetite measures correlated with the presence of other symptoms and with concurrently measured hemoglobin, serum sodium, albumin, and cholesterol levels. These self-reported appetite measures were univariate predictors of survival and contributed additional prognostic information to data related to weight-loss distress. In a smaller study, the FAACT score correlated with a visual analogue measure of appetite and with the North Center Cancer Treatment Group appetite instrument. These data support use of these tools for the evaluation of appetite concerns among patients with advanced cancer.

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