Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 24, Issue 11, pp 1947–1954 | Cite as

Coffee and tea consumption in relation to prostate cancer prognosis

  • Milan S. Geybels
  • Marian L. Neuhouser
  • Jonathan L. Wright
  • Marni Stott-Miller
  • Janet L. StanfordEmail author
Original Paper



Bioactive compounds found in coffee and tea may delay the progression of prostate cancer.


We investigated associations of pre-diagnostic coffee and tea consumption with risk of prostate cancer recurrence/progression. Study participants were men diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002–2005 in King County, Washington, USA. We assessed the usual pattern of coffee and tea consumption two years before diagnosis date. Prostate cancer-specific outcome events were identified using a detailed follow-up survey. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95 % confidence intervals (CIs).


The analysis of coffee intake in relation to prostate cancer recurrence/progression included 630 patients with a median follow-up of 6.4 years, during which 140 prostate cancer recurrence/progression events were recorded. Approximately 61 % of patients consumed at least one cup of coffee per day. Coffee consumption was associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer recurrence/progression; the adjusted HR for ≥4 cups/day versus ≤1 cup/week was 0.41 (95 % CI: 0.20, 0.81; p for trend = 0.01). Approximately 14 % of patients consumed one or more cups of tea per day, and tea consumption was unrelated to prostate cancer recurrence/progression.


Results indicate that higher pre-diagnostic coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence/progression. This finding will require replication in larger studies.


Prostate cancer Progression Biochemical recurrence Mortality Coffee Tea 



This work was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute (R01-CA092579 and P50-CA097186) and a grant from the Dutch Cancer Society (UM 2009-4556). Additional support was provided by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milan S. Geybels
    • 1
  • Marian L. Neuhouser
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jonathan L. Wright
    • 2
    • 4
  • Marni Stott-Miller
    • 2
  • Janet L. Stanford
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology, GROW School for Oncology and Developmental BiologyMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Division of Public Health SciencesFred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SeattleSeattleUS
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology, School of Public HealthUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUS
  4. 4.Department of Urology, School of MedicineUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUS

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