In addition to possibly helping to protect the liver, coffee can also help in the life of the colon cancer patient, according to a new study.
In a study of 1171 patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer, researchers found that increased coffee intake “was associated with [a] lower risk of disease progression and death, according to the study published in JAMA Oncology last week.
For the study, patients were asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked about their diet as well as their coffee consumption habits. Data were collected over a series of years, from 2005 to 2018, and then analyzed between May and August 2018.
Researchers found that participants in the study who drank one cup of coffee a day had a survival rate of 1
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Meanwhile, those who drank even more coffee, or more than four cups a day, were found to have a survival rate of 36% and an increase in life progression of 22%.
The researchers studied the effects of both regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee and found that all proved to be beneficial.
Chen Yuan, co-author of the study from the Dana-Farber Institute, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, told the Harvard Gazette that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of coffee may have played a role in the results.
“It is known that several compounds in coffee have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and other properties that may be active against cancer,” says Yuan. “Epidemiological studies have shown that higher coffee intake was associated with improved survival in patients with stage 3 colon cancer, but the association between coffee consumption and survival in patients with metastatic disease has not been known.”
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“Coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of disease progression and death in patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer,” the researchers concluded.
But more research is needed to learn how coffee works with human biology.
“While it is too early to recommend a high coffee intake as a potential treatment for colorectal cancer, our study suggests that drinking coffee is not harmful and can potentially be beneficial,” said Kimmie Ng, a senior author of the study also from Danas Farber. Institute, told the Harvard Gazette.