March 1, 2011
Fish oil supplements may help curb chemotherapy side effects
Cancer patients who take fish-oil pills might be able to ward off some of the side effects of chemotherapy, such as excessive weight loss and declining strength, according to a study published online this week in the journal Cancer. Those declines can interfere with patients’ ability to receive necessary treatments and even shorten their survival.
Bottom line: While it’s still unclear how fish oil helps maintain weight and strength, chemotherapy patients might want to talk with their oncologist about the finding to see if taking the supplements makes sense for them, especially if they’ve experienced weight loss or declining strength.
—Doug Podolsky, senior editor