Chewing Gums Accelerate Recovery of Colon Cancer
Chewing gum could actually help colon cancer patients recover quickly after surgery. Doctors at a hospital in London, England, suggests the colon cancer patients to chew gum with low sugar so that their digestive systems goes back to normal and can quickly recovered.
Research shows that patients who had undergone colon cancer surgery for two days could quickly leave the hospital if the chew gum. Chewing gum also helps mothers who are recovering from a caesarean surgery, as well as patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Before their digestion recover, they can experience severe cramps.
After the study, surgeons at University College London hospitals ask patients who will undergo colon cancer surgery to provide a stock of gum. They have to chew gum three times a day, each within an hour, after undergoing surgery.
According to The Telegraph, many patients who undergo surgery finds benefit after chewing gum. Surgeon consultant, Alastair Windsor, said that generally patients take a long time to recover after surgery because their digestive system is asleep.
“It seems that chewing gum can trigger saliva, which can turn on production enzyme in the pancreas which then triggers the digestion to becomes active again,” said Windsor.
Generally, patients likes the method because they feel that they are doing something to help them quickly recover. It is not yet known how quickly chewing gum may help recovery, but that does not mean that the method can be underestimated.