Reduced LDL-Cholesterol and Reduced Total Cholesterol as Potential Indicators of Early Cancer in Male Treatment-Naïve Cancer Patients With Pre-cachexia and Cachexia

Hannes Zwickl, Klaus Hackner, Harald Köfeler, Eva-Christina Krzizek, Besnik Muqaku, Dietmar Pils, Hubert Scharnagl, Tora S Solheim, Elisabeth Zwickl-Traxler, Martin Pecherstorfer

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Abstract

Cancer cachexia is characterized by the impairment of glucose and lipid homeostasis, the acceleration of processes promoting the mobilization of energy-rich compounds (e.g., insulin resistance, gluconeogenesis, and lipolysis) and the simultaneous activation of highly energy-demanding processes (e.g., systemic inflammation and activation of brown adipose tissue). We hypothesized that these processes might themselves change during cancer cachexia progression, such that plasma levels of glucose and lipids might be used to distinguish between the non-malignant state, pre-cachexia and cachexia. We performed an initial cross-sectional study including 60 treatment naïve cancer patients (38 with cancer cachexia and 22 with cancer pre-cachexia) and 61 patients without malignancy (21 with metabolic syndrome and 40 controls). Differences in lipids (total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol) and plasma fasting glucose were analyzed across various group configurations, with adjustments to age and antidiabetic or lipid-lowering drugs. Our study showed that levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol might indicate cachexia stages irrespective of the presence of metabolic syndrome or lipid-lowering medication. High levels of plasma glucose were only seen in cachectic cancer patients on antidiabetics. These observations indicate that markers of metabolic dysregulation associated with cachexia progression might be exploited for early detection of malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1262
Pages (from-to)1262
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2020

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