Table 1.

Clinical characteristics of cachectic and noncachectic HNSCC patients

Cachectic (n = 11)*Noncachectic (n = 13)*P
Age (y)*57 (12)58 (9)
Gender
Male73% (8/11)85% (11/13)
Female27% (3/11)15% (2/13)
T4 status72% (8/11)15% (2/13)0.01
N2-N3 status36% (4/11)54% (7/13)0.44
AJCC stage IV82% (9/11)62% (8/13)0.39
Site
Oral27% (3/11)8% (1/13)
Oropharynx46% (5/11)54% (7/13)
Hypopharynx9% (1/11)8% (1/13)
Larynx18% (2/11)31% (4/13)
Weight (kg)67.6 (22.3)81.6 (22.5)
BMI (kg/m3)22.8 (6.3)27.0 (5.3)
Weight loss over 3-6 mo (kg)8.6 (6.1)0.1 (0.5)
Hemoglobin (g/dL)12.4 (3.7)14.7 (1.2)<0.01
CRP (mg/dL)3.0 (2.5)1.1 (1.7)0.01
  • Abbreviations: AJCC, American Joint Committee on Cancer; BMI, body mass index.

  • * Values expressed as mean (SD).

  • n = 10 nonmissing values.