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

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Abstract

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. In this paper, we present a case in which these problems were a major concern. A multidisciplinary approach with chemotherapy and close nutritional support permitted better control of the disease and longer survival. We also review the literature on nutritional interventions that show an improvement in quality of life and survival in these patients.

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