|Other names||Wasting syndrome|
|Processes and mechanisms related to cancer-associated cachexia|
|Specialty||Oncology, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Symptoms||sudden weight loss, altered eating signals|
|Deaths||1.5 to 2 million people a year|
Cachexia (//) is a syndrome caused by an underlying illness. It causes ongoing muscle loss that is not entirely reversed. It can be caused by cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney disease and AIDS.