Patients With Colorectal Cancer: OK to Eat Meat?
Patients already diagnosed with colorectal cancer do not face an increased risk of either disease recurrence or death if they eat red or processed meats, suggests a new analysis of prospective US trial data. The results suggest that it is okay for patients with colorectal cancer to eat these foodstuffs, which is in direct contrast to current recommendations. This is based on the known association between red and processed meat intake and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. This association was confirmed yet again just recently, as reported by Medscape Medical News, but it comes from studies in the general population.
@tithi Multivariate analysis showed that there was no association between intake of red or processed meat after colon cancer diagnosis and risk of disease recurrence or mortality. The hazard ratio for risk of recurrence in the highest vs the lowest quartiles of red meat consumption was 0.84, while that for processed meat was 1.05. The risk of all-cause mortality was similar, at a hazard ratio of 0.71 for the highest vs the lowest quartiles of red meat consumption and a hazard ratio of 1.04 for processed meat.