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Omega 3 vs Omega 6 As Complementary Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Published on October 11, 2016

Dr. Luke Peppone of University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY discusses results from a preliminary study measuring omega 3 versus omega 6 supplementation for fatigue among breast cancer survivors. Patients were either given a high dose of omega 3 supplements (sourced from fish oil), a high dose of omega 6 supplements (sourced from soybean oil), or a combination of a low dose of both omega 3 and 6. Results show that those with a high dose of omega 6, had a significant reduction in cancer-related fatigue, compared to those in the omega 3 group. This study showed omega 3 and 6 to be relatively safe and although they can’t yet be recommended for fatigue, they are also found to be beneficial in improving sleep and easing the pain. In this video, Dr. Peppone mentions the plans of a larger study around the use of soybean oil to treat cancer-related fatigue and other symptoms. Recorded at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO) 2016 Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer held in Adelaide, Australia.

This programme has been supported by Helsinn, through an unrestricted educational grant to the Patient Empowerment Foundation.

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