Fish Oil Helps Cancer Patients Preserve Muscle

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy may be able to avoid the accompanying muscle loss and malnutrition by taking fish oil supplements that contain omega-3 fatty acids, new research suggests.

The finding is based on a small study involving just 40 lung cancer patients. Nevertheless, it raises hope that a simple, noninvasive intervention might go a long way towards countering the fatigue, poorer prognosis and impaired quality of life that can result from chemo-induced muscle mass loss.

Fish oil may prevent loss of weight and muscle by interfering with some of the pathways that are altered in advanced cancer. Read more…

 

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