Chemotherapy and Fish Oil: Something Fishy Here?

Chemotherapy and Fish Oil: Something Fishy Here?


Cancer patients often implement a variety
of lifestyle changes, including the use of dietary supplements like fish oil. However,
this may be one case where a potentially healthy habit could also have negative effects. I’m
Rachelle Grossman with your latest health news. A new study found that taking fish oil
supplements, as well as eating mackerel and herring, might raise blood levels of a certain
fatty acid. Past experiments with mice show that these fatty acids could cause resistance
to the chemotherapy used to treat the cancer, making it less effective. The authors of this
study say people with cancer should avoid fatty fish and fish oils the day before and
day after a chemotherapy treatment. Speak with your doctor about what’s best for you.

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