A reasonable initial panel of tests in the elderly patient with unintentional weight loss includes the following: a fecal occult blood test to screen for cancer; a complete blood count to look for infection, deficiency anemia or lymphoproliferative disorder; a chemistry profile to look for evidence of diabetes mellitus, renal dysfunction or dehydration; an ultrasensitive thyroid-stimulating hormone test to look for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism; and a urinalysis to look for evidence of infection, renal dysfunction or dehydration. Upper gastrointestinal studies (radiography or endoscopy) may be warranted in patients with symptoms referable to the gastrointestinal system or in patients with persistent weight loss.
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If you've been diagnosed with cancer, chemotherapy agents (medications) will most likely be used to cure the disease, shrink a tumor, prevent the cancer from spreading, or relieve the symptoms of the disease.  This is done through injections, IVs, pills, or indirect injections to fluid around your spinal cord and brain. Regardless of how the chemotherapy is administered, it works by killing fast growing cells. Unfortunately, weight loss is a side effect of the treatment. Learn how to prevent weight loss, put on weight during treatment, and understand the importance of a healthy weight.