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DHA Improved Breast Cancer Chemotherapy

Written by Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, - February 12, 2010

  • A study in France found Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements improved outcomes for metastatic breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. 

DHA improvd breast cancer chemotherapyResearchers led by Dr. Philippe Boubnoux from the French Institut National de la Sante Et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM) U921 in Tours wrote, “Our data show for the first time that a dietary intervention targeted on DHA is a feasible approach that has potential to substantially increase survival in metastatic breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy.”

DHA, found in fish oil capsules, appears to improve survival by sensitizing tumours to chemotherapy.

The American Cancer Society (ASC) states that every year about 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer around the world. The incidence of breast cancer has increased by about 30 per cent over the past 25 years in the western world while death rates have declined due to improved detection and treatments.

Study Details

Researchers recruited 25 women with metastatic breast cancer to participate in their open-label single-arm phase II study. This patient population had a poor prognosis as 68 per cent had liver metastases in addition to other sites of metastases. As part of their anthracycline-based chemotherapy regimen women were given additional DHA, 1.8 grams per day, for 2 to 6 months.

Women with the highest DHA levels in their blood lived an average of 12 months longer than the women with the lowest DHA levels.

The DHA supplements during chemotherapy were not associated with any adverse side effects.

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Reference Source: British Journal of Cancer, Volume 101, Pages 1978-1985, “Improving outcome of chemotherapy of metastatic breast cancer by docosahexaenoic acid: a phase II trial”, P. Bougnoux, N. Hajjaji, M.N. Ferrasson, B. Giraudeau, C. Couet, O. Le Floch

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Notice that researchers gave the women 1.8 grams of DHA each day. DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids found in traditional fish oil products. Fish oil omega-3 fatty acids should be taken with food to increase absorption.

Concentrated DHA doses are available in Cod Pure Plus or Omega Pure DHA.

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About the Author:

Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, Health Coach© helps his clients improve their health by using natural products, functional tests, diet, lifestyle and self care. He writes special reports, consults and gives seminars on natural product, diet and lifestyle effects on cancer. You may schedule an appointment for customized natural cancer recommendations by calling 405.919.1982. Click here to learn more about Alternative Cancer Treatment Appointments.

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