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Cachexia Prevention- Pancreatic Cancer

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“More than 80% of patients suffer from significant weight loss at diagnosis and over time develop severe cachexia. Early nutritional support is therefore essential.”

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A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is a double whammy. Pancreatic cancer by itself  is an aggressive cancer and has a miserable five-year survival rate. The second whammy is that a side effect called cachexia accompanies pancreatic cancer in 80% of patients complicating conventional therapy.

One possible solution is omega 3 fatty acids. According to the studies linked and excerpted below, omega 3 fatty acids help to prevent cachexia while they decrease pancreatic tumor viability.

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I have remained in complete remission from my “incurable cancer” since 1999 by living an evidence-based, non-conventional, anti-cancer lifestyle comprised of nutrition, supplementation, etc. And I supplement with Life Extension Super Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This brand and formula has been evaluated and approved by Consumerlab.com, an independent evaluation service. Further, this formula of omega 3 fatty acids includes sesame lignans and olive extract.

Have you been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer? If so, what stage? Please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Nutrition in Pancreatic Cancer: A Review.

“More than 80% of patients suffer from significant weight loss at diagnosis and over time develop severe cachexia. Early nutritional support is therefore essential…

Due to the high prevalence of malnutrition and the rapid development of anorexia-cachexia-syndrome, early nutritional intervention is crucial and supported by clinical data…

Enteral nutrition should be preferred over parenteral nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids and l-carnitine are promising substances for the prevention of severe cachexia, but further randomized controlled trials are needed to establish generally accepted guidelines on nutrition in pancreatic cancer…”

Omega-3 therapeutic supplementation in a patient with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas with muscle mass depletion.

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma has an extremely poor prognosis. With the best available treatments, the median overall survival duration is still less than 1 year. Most patients develop anorexia and major muscle mass loss that interfere with chemotherapy tolerance and survival…

A multidisciplinary approach with chemotherapy and close nutritional support permitted better control of the disease and longer survival…”

Four types of fatty acids exert differential impact on pancreatic cancer growth.

“Increased fatty acids (FAs) regulate pancreatic cancer progression, however, the detailed mechanism is not clear, and different forms of FAs may play diversified roles in pancreatic cancer

While n3PUFA diet decreased tumor viability, the other high fat diets stimulated tumor viability by apparently different mechanisms

In conclusion, different fatty acids have different impact on pancreatic cancer cells. The effects of fatty acids on pancreatic cancer cells were consistent in vivo and in vitro except that n6PUFAs only had regulatory effects in vivo.”


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