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How Daily Coffee Consumption Helps Colorectal Cancer Patients to Survive Longer

People drink coffee to stay awake, for an energy boost and for enjoyment. According to a clinical trial study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard affiliated institute, coffee also has medical advantages. The researchers realized that consuming coffee regularly improves colorectal cancer patients’ survival rate, and it prevents against the re-occurrence of colorectal cancer.

Coffee contains products that have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other essential properties which oppose cancer. Earlier studies indicate that coffee protects against cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2. Studies are underway to establish if coffee protects from Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers found out that people who drank two to three cups of coffee daily experienced a decreased disease progression rate. They also had a prolonged survival rate. The study participants were patients (1,171 in number) who were diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer. However, patients who drank more than four cups of coffee (decaffeinated or caffeinated) had better outcomes than those who drank less coffee or none at all.

According to Chen Yuan, a Co-author of the study, “Epidemiological studies have found that higher coffee intake was associated with improved survival in patients with stage-3 colon cancer, but the relationship between coffee consumption and survival in patients with metastatic forms of the disease hasn’t been known.”

A senior author of the study explains that although it may be premature to recommend increased coffee intake among colorectal cancer patients, the drink may be beneficial.

Colorectal cancer is used when talking about colon or rectum cancer. This is because colon and rectal cancer have similar features. Rectal cancer is found on the rectum, while colon cancer affects the colon. 

Colorectal cancer starts as a growth(polyps) on the inner side of the large intestines. Some polyps become cancerous after some years, and this is what leads to colorectal cancer.



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