A group of scientists discovered that coffee can actually inhibit the tumors from growing and can reduce the risk of recurrence in patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, are in treatment with a drug called tamoxifen.
The recent study is a follow-up to previous research the scientists conducted approximately 2 years ago.
However, with the new study, the researchers collected and combined the information regarding the lifestyle of the patients and the clinical data gathered from 1,090 women with breast cancer.
This information was combined with previous studies made on breast cancer cells.
For the latest study, the scientists analyzed two compounds found in coffee consumed by women from Sweden. These two substances are caffeic acid and caffeine.
After studying the effects of these two coffee compounds, the study revealed that they can actually stop the tumors from growing.
Helena Jernstrom and Ann Rosendahl, two of the researcher who conducted the new study, explained that the cancer cells had a reaction when combined with these two coffee compounds.
Their reaction helped reduce cell division and destroyed the cancer cells, especially when they were combined with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen.
According to the researchers, the study shows that these two substances affect the breast cancer cells and can also turn off the signaling pathways the cancer cells need in order to grow.
The scientists found that coffee reinforces the effects of tamoxifen at a cell level and in breast cancer patients.
The study showed that among the 500 women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with tamoxifen, those who consumed at least two cups of coffee daily had a lower a reduced risk of recurrence by half, compared to the women who drank a lower amount of coffee or who didn’t drink coffee at all.
However, the researchers noted that the patients need to take their prescribed medication.
Scientists wrote that the women who take tamoxifen and drink coffee shouldn’t stop doing it. Drinking two cups of coffee a day proved to make a difference.
Although the study suggests that coffee may actually play a positive role in helping women combat breast cancer, it should not be considered a “cure” for the disease by itself.
Researchers detailed the findings of the new study in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
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