Drinking two or more cups of coffee daily could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen, a study has suggested.
In the study, patients who took the pill, along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, compared with their non-coffee drinking, Tamoxifen-taking counterparts.
The team followed over 600 breast cancer patients from southern Sweden for an average of five years. Approximately 300 took Tamoxifen. The drug, a common hormone therapy after breast cancer surgery, reduces the risk of new tumors by blocking oestrogen receptors.
How coffee interacts with the treatment, however, is not immediately known. One theory being worked with is that coffee `activates` Tamoxifen and makes it more efficient.
Researchers have previously linked coffee consumption to a decreased risk of developing certain types of breast cancer.
Caffeine has also been shown to hamper the growth of cancer cells. The latest observational study involving coffee`s role in cancer prevention and treatment underlines the need for more research, the team noted.
|pharmacist\Kamel .saleh soliman||Posted on : January 19, 2016 5:16 pm|