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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Effect of fish oil on weight loss during chemotherapy

    Involuntary weight loss is a major contributor to mortality and morbidity in patients with advanced cancer.

    Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, studied patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer first-line chemotherapy.

    First, the details.

    • 40 patients were assigned to a treatment group.
      • Fish oil 2.2 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)/day
      • Standard care
    • Blood was collected and weight was recorded before and during chemotherapy.
    • Skeletal muscle and adipose tissue were measured using computed tomography images.

    And, the results.

    • Patients receiving standard care experienced an average weight loss of 2 kg whereas patients receiving fish oil maintained their weight — a significant difference.
    • Patients with the greatest increase in EPA blood levels after fish oil supplementation had the greatest gains in muscle — a significant response.
    • Approximately 69% of patients in the fish oil group gained or maintained muscle mass vs only 29% of patients in the standard care group.
    • Overall, the SOC group lost 1 kg of muscle.
    • No difference in total adipose tissue was observed between the 2 groups.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Nutritional intervention with 2.2 grams of fish oil per day appears to provide a benefit over standard of care, resulting in the maintenance of weight and muscle mass during chemotherapy.”

    2/28/11 19:03 JR

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