Molecular and neural mechanism of dysphagia due to cancer

Ikuko Okuni, Yuta Otsubo, Satoru Ebihara

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Cancer is one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Along with the advances in diagnostic technology achieved through industry–academia partnerships, the survival rate of cancer patients has improved dramatically through treatments that include surgery, radiation therapy, and pharmacotherapy. This has increased the population of cancer “survivors” and made cancer survivorship an important part of life for patients. The senses of taste and smell during swallowing and cachexia play important roles in dysphagia associated with nutritional disorders in cancer patients. Cancerous lesions in the brain can cause dysphagia. Taste and smell disorders that contribute to swallowing can worsen or develop because of pharmacotherapy or radiation therapy; metabolic or central nervous system damage due to cachexia, sarcopenia, or inflammation can also cause dysphagia. As the causes of eating disorders in cancer patients are complex and involve multiple factors, cancer patients require a multifaceted and long-term approach by the medical care team.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7033
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul 1


  • Cachexia
  • Inflammation
  • Sarcopenia
  • Swallowing
  • Taste


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