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But if your metabolism speeds up, wouldn't you feel warmer?
Largest Tumor Removed IntactThe largest tumor ever removed intact was a multicystic mass of the right ovary weighing 137.6 kg (303 lb). The operation, which took over six hours, was performed by Professor Katherine O�Hanlan of Stanford University Medical Center, California, USA. The growth had a diameter of 1 m (3 ft) and was removed in its entirety in October 1991 from the abdomen of an unnamed 34-year-old woman. The patient who weighed 95 kg (210 lb) after the operation and has made a full recovery left the operating theater on one stretcher and the cyst left on another.
Cachexia seems to be more common in people with lung cancer or with cancers anywhere in the digestive system.The main symptoms are:-Severe loss of weight, including loss of fat and muscle mass Loss of appetite Feeling sick (nausea) Feeling full after eating small amounts Anaemia (low red blood cells) Weakness and fatigue We don't know exactly what happens in cachexia, but scientists now think that the cancer releases chemicals into the blood that contribute to the loss of fat and muscle. These chemicals may make your metabolism speed up so that you use up calories faster. Because your body is using up energy faster than it is getting it, you can have severe weight loss even if you are eating normally. Losing muscle and fat can make it look as though you are ‘wasting away’. This can all be made worse because of the side effects of cancer treatment you are having.
Use of n-3 fatty acids (FA) has been reported to be beneficial for cancer patients.
iko - thank you for that link. So there's hope for me yet! 
Interesting story. I didn't understand all the pathological gumph though.