Most women in this scenario do not require therapy prior surgery and hormone treatment, " he explained.
Pancreatic cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery may live longer than those who have immediate surgery, according to unpublished clinical trial results.
Dr Lisa Wilde, director of research at Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, said: "This small study explores how fish oil could help improve treatment success and quality of life for some patients with late stage rectal cancer".
There was no significant difference in the number of serious side effects experienced between the two groups of patients, the researchers said.More news: Kasatkina polishes off Wozniacki to reach last eight
Dr Epstein, a clinical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in NY, said the two studies show "the anti-inflammatory benefits of a relatively cheap, well-tolerated supplement".
The benefits were seen in some breast and bowel cancer patients, with the supplement thought to reduce inflammation.
"We also know that the chemotherapy doesn't add much at all to these low-risk women - their outcomes are good", said Moore.
Findings of the past have indicated that women who met these criteria and scored below ten on the index test could safely skip chemotherapy without raising their rate of recurrence, however, those above 25 would nearly always be advised to use chemotherapy as a necessary treatment to lower risk of recurrence.More news: THR: TBS Takes Move Active Role in Monitoring Samantha Bee
The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute, some foundations and proceeds from the US breast cancer postage stamp.
"For women over 50, we can feel quite confident that using the data in this trial to prevent the use of chemotherapy for women with those scores".
Chang said the results were exciting because chemotherapy before surgery has been adopted in other cancer types, such as breast and large bowel, and this study now provides evidence to suggest benefit for pancreatic cancer too. "There are some people who say, 'I don't care what you say, I'm never going to do chemo, '" and won't even have the gene test, she said.
Dr. Jennifer Litton at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, agreed, but said, "Risk to one person is not the same thing as risk to another. I sort of viewed chemo as extra insurance", she said.More news: Man bitten by severed rattlesnake head almost died in Texas
10 decades back in Montefiore and has been assigned to the team awarded chemo. Her hair fell out, she developed an infection and was hospitalized for a low white blood count, "but it was over fairly quickly and I'm really glad I had it".