Colon cancer patients who drink coffee may be at a lower risk of dying or having their cancer return than those who do not drink coffee, a recent study found.
During and six months post-chemotherapy, nearly 1,000 patients with stage III colon cancer reported their intake of coffee, decaf coffee and nonherbal tea. Scientists found that patients who had four or more cups of coffee per day experienced significantly reduced cancer recurrence and death.
Dr. Charles S. Fuchs, the director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a researcher in the study, told The New York Times, “No one has ever done this before in colon cancer patients. It does require confirmation.” He acknowledged the limitations of the study.