Fish oil helps colorectal cancer patients

Colorectal cancer patients like patients with many other types of malignancies experience a great deal of inflammation and oxidative stress induced by chemotherapy and radiotherapy or the disease itself. A new study in Nutrition and Cancer suggests that taking a moderate amount of fish oil each day during chemotherapy can improve their nutritional status indicators. It is a suggestion because the trial study is small.

Juliana de Aguiar Pastore Silvaa of Departamet of Nutrition, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and colleagues conducted the study and found colorectal cancer patients taking 2 grams of fish oil per day during chemotherapy maintained baseline weight and improved the C-reactive protein/albumin ratio, which are desirable.

The clinical trial involved 23 patients with colorectal cancer in two groups were assigned to taking either a placebo or 2 grams of fish oil containing 600 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for 9 weeks during which all patients were using chemotherapy.

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