Coffee Beneficial after Colon-Cancer Treatment – A new study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows that daily consumption of coffee can prevent colon cancer from returning and improve t patients’ chances of survival after treatment.
Researchers, led by Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber, studied the dietary habits of a 1,000 patients while they were undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer and a year later. The patients had stage-3 colon cancer and underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy.
Researchers found that overall, drinking 2 to 3 cups of coffee every day prevented the cancer from recurring. Patients who drank coffee regularly were 42% less likely to experience a recurrence of cancer and 33% less likely to die from cancer or any other cause than those who didn’t drink coffee.
Other studies have shown that caffeine consumption can reduce the risk of other types of cancer as well, such as breast, skin, liver, and prostate cancer. Researchers hypothesize that caffeine reduces the body’s need for insulin and thereby decreases disease-causing inflammation.