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Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Treatment

For patients with Anorexia/Cachexia



Below are the details for the FAACT measure:


Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Treatment (FAACT)






Cancer patients 18 years and older experiencing anorexia/cachexia


Past 7 days


5 point Likert-type scale


Paper and electronic


Self-administration and interview when applicable


Physical Well-Being, Social/Family Well-Being, Emotional Well-Being, Functional Well-Being, Anorexia/Cachexia Subscale


10-15 minutes


Manual scoring template, some items are reverse scored. Subscale scores, total scores and TOI scores possible. SAS/SPSS algorithms available.


Language Availability

Available translations of the FAACT can be obtained by registering for permission. Users are not permitted to translate the FAACT without permission from Permission from to translate the FAACT may also be contingent upon timeline expectations and availability of FACIT staff. Translations must undergo a rigorous methodology under the guidance of which includes multiple translators, QA steps and cognitive interviews with patients. For commercial use, FACITtrans is the approved translation vendor to translate the FACIT measurement system.

Please contact us for more information.

Language Availability


Licensing fees are assessed on a per trial/per measure basis for commercial use. There is no fee for use of the English version, but a license should be obtained.

Non-commercial use is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Licensing fees are typically not applied to investigator-initiated research, students, or clinical use.

To license an available version of this measure for commercial or non-commercial use, please complete our registration form. All of the information provided in the form will be kept strictly confidential. For questions, please contact us.

Selected References

Selected References

Blauwhoff-Buskermolen, S., Ruijgrok, C., Ostelo, R., de Vet, H., Verheul, H., de van der Schueren, M., & Langius, J. The assessment of anorexia in patients with cancer: cut-off values for the FAACT–A/CS and the VAS for appetite. Support Care Cancer 2016; 24: 661–666. doi: 10.1007/s00520-015-2826-2.

Change, V., Xia,Q, & Kasimis, B.  The Functional Assessment of Anorexia/ Cachexia Therapy (FAACT) Appetite Scale in Veteran Cancer Patients. The Journal of Supportive Oncology 2005; 3(5): 377-382.

Gelhorn, H., Gries, K., Speck, R., Duus, E., Bourne, R., Aggarwal, D., & Cella, D. Comprehensive validation of the functional assessment of anorexia/cachexia therapy (FAACT) anorexia/cachexia subcale (A/CS) in lung cancer patients with involuntary weight loss. Quality of Life Research 2019; 28(6): 1641-1653.  doi: 10.1007/s11136-019-02135-7.

Lai, J-S., Cella, D., Peterman, A., Barocas, J., & Goldman, S.  Anorexia/Cachexia related QOL for children with cancer: Testing the psychometric properties of the pediatric functional assessment of anorexia and cachexia therapy (peds-FAACT).  Cancer 2005; 104(7): 1531-1539. 

LeBlanc, T., Samsa, G., Wolf, S., Locke, S., Cella, D., & Abernethy, A. Validation and real-world assessment of the Functional Assessment of Anorexia-Cachexia Therapy (FAACT) scale in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and the cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome (CACS).  Support Care Cancer 2015; 23: 2341–2347. doi 10.1007/s00520-015-2606-z.

Ribaudo, J., Cella, D., Hahn, E., Lloyd, S., Tchekmedyian, N., Von Roenn, J., & Leslie, W. Re-validation and shortening of the Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia Therapy (FAACT) questionnaire. Quality of Life Research 2001; 1137-1146.

Salsman, J., Beaumont, J., Wortman, K., Yan, Y., Friend, J., & Cella, D.  Brief versions of the FACIT-fatigue and FAACT subscales for patients with non-small cell lung cancer cachexia. Supportive Care in Cancer 2015; 23 (5): 1355-1364.  doi: 10.1007/s00520-014-2484-9.  

Yennurajalingam, S., Frisbee-Hume, S., Palmer, J., Delgado-Guay, M., Bull, J., Phan, A., Tannir, N., Litton, J.,  Reddy, A., Hui, D., Dalal, S., Massie, L., Reddy, S., & Bruera, E.  Reduction of Cancer-Related Fatigue With Dexamethasone: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Patients With Advanced Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013; 31(25): 3076-3082doi: 10.1200/JCO.2012.44.4661.  

Zhou,T.,  Yang,K., Thapa, S.,  Fu, Q, Jiang, Y. , & Yu, S.  Validation of the Chinese version of functional assessment of anorexia-cachexia therapy (FAACT) scale for measuring quality of life in cancer patients with cachexia.  Support Care Cancer 2017; 25: 1183–1189. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3508-4.

Bonomi, A.E., Cella, D.D., Hahn, E.A., Bjordal, K., Sperner, B., Gangeri, L., Bergman, B., Willems, J., Hanquet, P., & Zittoun, R.  Multilingual translation of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT) quality of life measurement system. Quality of Life Research 1996; 5: 309-320.

Eremenco, S., Arnold, B., & Cella, D. A comprehensive method for the translation and cross-cultural validation of health status questionnaires. Evaluation & the Health Professions 2005; 28(2): 212-232.

Webster K., Cella D., & Yost K. The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) measurement system: Properties applications, and interpretation. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2003; 1(1): 79-85.

Yost K.J., Eton D.T. Combining distribution- and anchor-based approaches to determine minimally important differences: The FACIT experience. Evaluation & the Health Professions 2005; 28(2): 172-191.

Related Measures

Related Measures

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