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Colon Cancer: Nut Consumption Boosts Outcomes after Treatments

AdvertisementYour colon is that part of your large intestine between the caecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted. But when a cancer is developed from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine) it is known as bowel cancer or colon cancer.

But what could go wrong as to result into this serious health issue? According to Wikipedia, a cancer is the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Signs and symptoms of colon cancer experts say, may include blood in the stool, a change in bowel movements, weight loss, and feeling tired all the time. When patients undergo treatment and are discharged there is always the possibility that the cancer may reoccur if nothing appropriate is done.

Going by the outcome of a recent study however, patients who have had colon cancer and have been treated are likely to reduce the possibility of the disease recurring as well as dying from it if they are regularly consuming nuts. The research
The research which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, did an assessment based on information gathered about 826 patients who have stage 3 colon cancer and were followed for a median of 6.5 years following treatment with surgery and chemotherapy.

Judging from their investigations, the study team was able to discover that participants who consumed at least 2 servings of nuts each week had a 42% improvement in disease-free survival as well as a 57% improvement in overall survival. Furthermore, disease-free survival was discovered to have risen by 46% in the case of those who ate tree nuts, like almonds, cashews, and walnuts, instead of peanuts.

Meanwhile the scientists are still not quite sure of the reason for this outcome regarding the consumption of nuts and its benefits. But they have acknowledged that their discoveries are in agreement with previous studies whereby actions that were said to decrease insulin resistance – as eating nuts has been revealed to demonstrate, were associated with the improvements seen in colon cancer patients.

In a remark the lead author, Temidayo Fadelu, MD of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said, “These findings are in keeping with (those from) several other observational studies that indicate that a slew of healthy behaviours, including increased physical activity, keeping a healthy weight, and lower intake of sugar and sweetened beverages, improve colon cancer outcomes.”

“The results highlight the importance of emphasising dietary and lifestyle factors in colon cancer survivorship,” he added.
The finding by the research team led by Dr. Fadelu at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston – USA is the latest to suggest a health benefit from nut consumption.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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