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The Impact of Omega-3 Fat Emulsion on Clinical Outcome of Post-Operative Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
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Sino-Swed Pharmaceutical Corporation Identifier:
First received: February 13, 2006
Last updated: May 12, 2008
Last verified: May 2008
The purpose of this study is to evaluate clinical safety and effect of Omega-3 fat oil emulsion on outcome in post-operative cancer patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Carcinoma Surgery Parenteral Nutrition Post-Operative Hospital Stay Drug: Omega-3 fish oil emulsion (Omegaven ) Drug: long-chain triglyceride Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Omega-3 Fat Emulsion on Clinical Outcome of Post-Operative Cancer Patients: A Randomized, Double Blind, Controlled, Multi-Center Clinical Trial.

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Further study details as provided by Sino-Swed Pharmaceutical Corporation:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Infectious complication [ Time Frame: POD+1 to POD+14 ]
  • Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) [ Time Frame: POD+1 to POD +8 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Post-operative hospitalization days [ Time Frame: POD+1 to discharge ]
  • Post operative nutritional cost & total treatment cost [ Time Frame: POD+1 to discharge ]

Enrollment: 206
Study Start Date: June 2002
Study Completion Date: February 2004
Primary Completion Date: November 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A Drug: Omega-3 fish oil emulsion (Omegaven )
Patients of the treatment group received 0.2 g fish oil (10% Omegaven, Fresenius Kabi, Bad Homburg, Germany) and 1.0 g soy bean oil per kg BW per day
Other Name: Omegaven
Active Comparator: B Drug: long-chain triglyceride
the control group received 1.2 g soy bean oil (Intralipid, Sino-Swed,Wuxi,China)
Other Name: Intralipid

Detailed Description:

As an essential component of parenteral nutrition, fat emulsion has been used more than 30 years. It provides energy and essential fatty acids. Commercial fatty emulsion products mostly come from soy bean. The omega 6 fatty acids make up with the major fatty acids of this fat emulsion, and lack of omega 3 fatty acids generally. The imbalance of these two types of fatty acids may impact with negative clinical outcomes.

There are lots of omega 3 fatty acids makes up with fish oil emulsion, especially with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).Few clinical studies found its clinical efficacy in recently years. A commercial product of omega 3 fat emulsion by Fresenius-Kabi was registered in Europe at 1998. There is no any clinical trial in Asia to elaborate the efficacy of omega 3 fat emulsion, as well the lack of large scale clinical trial in the world.

Currently study is the first large scale, randomized, double blind and multi-center clinical trial to elaborate the impact of fish oil fat emulsion in Asia and Europe.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Post-operative male and female cancer patients
  • Require post operative parenteral nutrition support at least 7 days based on nutritional risk screening(BMI 20-25)
  • Sign an informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Abnormal fatty metabolism (TG>200mg/dl or cholesterol>240mg/dl )
  • Renal dysfunction (Cr>1.6mg/dl or BUN>30mg/dl)
  • Liver dysfunction (ALT>60U/L or TBIL>1.2mg/dl)
  • Lienectomy
  • Temperature>37.5°C
  • Undergoing hormone therapy
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00292279

People's Hospital, Beijing University
Beijing, China, 100044
Beijing Friendship Hospital
Beijing, China, 100050
Beijing Hospital
Beijing, China, 100730
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
Beijing, China, 100730
General Hospital Of PLA
Beijing, China, 100853
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sino-Swed Pharmaceutical Corporation
Study Director: Zhu-ming Jiang, FACS Peking Union Medical College Hospital
  More Information

(Abstract) ZM Jiang, XR Wang, JM Wei, Y. Wang, Y. Li, S Wang, DW Wilmore. The impact of i.v. fish oil emulsion on clinical outcome & immune functions of post-operative cancer patients: a randomized, double blind, controlled, multi-center clinical trial for 203 cases Clinical Nutrition(Abstract for ESPEN 2005)(Absract No. 181)

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: TF Ye, Ethic Committee of Peking Union Medical College Hospital Identifier: NCT00292279     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HL20020004
Study First Received: February 13, 2006
Last Updated: May 12, 2008

Keywords provided by Sino-Swed Pharmaceutical Corporation:
Impact of Omega 3 fatty acid on outcome
Omega-3 fatty acid
Carcinoma surgery
Digestive System
Parenteral Nutrition
Fat Emulsions, Intravenous
Clinical outcome
Infectious complication
Postoperative hospital stay
Cost of postoperative period
Post-operative nutritional cost & total treatment cost

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Soybean oil, phospholipid emulsion
Fat Emulsions, Intravenous
Parenteral Nutrition Solutions
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