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Clinical Review

Investigation and management of unintentional weight loss in older adults

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1732

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Tumour markers

Dear Authors,

Thank you for this comprehensive piece on unintentional weight loss.
I note that tumour markers are not included in baseline investigations and
wonder what the opinion on this is. It would seem that it might qualify
as an addition to initial investigations with no extra time/effort
expended by the patient that could add to further reassurance before the
three month period.


Competing interests: No competing interests

03 May 2011
Nadia Yousif
FY1 Doctor
South Thames