Altering Lipids for Tolerance of Aromatase Inhibitor Therapy

2020-02-17 18:20:52 | BioPortfolio


Aromatase inhibitor medications have been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of hormone receptor positive breast cancer. This treatment has been shown to be very effective for treating breast cancer. However, some patients have difficulty tolerating the treatment, and some even decide to stop treatment because of the side effects. Research has shown that over half of patients who had joint pain and stiffness when taking an aromatase inhibitor had an improvement in their symptoms when they took omega-3 fatty acid supplements. This study is being conducted to test whether having patients start to take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement soon after they starting taking an aromatase inhibitor medicine will reduce the likelihood that they will have bothersome symptoms.

Study Design


Breast Cancer


Omega-3 fatty acid supplement


University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
Ann Arbor
United States


Not yet recruiting


University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2020-02-17T18:20:52-0500

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FATTY ACIDS which have the first unsaturated bond in the sixth position from the omega carbon. A typical American diet tends to contain substantially more omega-6 than OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS.

A group of fatty acids, often of marine origin, which have the first unsaturated bond in the third position from the omega carbon. These fatty acids are believed to reduce serum triglycerides, prevent insulin resistance, improve lipid profile, prolong bleeding times, reduce platelet counts, and decrease platelet adhesiveness.

Abnormal accumulation of lymph in the arm, shoulder and breast area associated with surgical or radiation breast cancer treatments (e.g., MASTECTOMY).

Metastatic breast cancer characterized by EDEMA and ERYTHEMA of the affected breast due to LYMPHATIC METASTASIS and eventual obstruction of LYMPHATIC VESSELS by the cancer cells.

An omega-6 fatty acid produced in the body as the delta 6-desaturase metabolite of linoleic acid. It is converted to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, a biosynthetic precursor of monoenoic prostaglandins such as PGE1. (From Merck Index, 11th ed)

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