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Gut Bacteria found to be important for some cancer treatment

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Gut Bacteria found to be important for some cancer treatment

Postby ilago » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:54 pm

The friendly bacteria in our gut may help fight cancer. Two new studies in mice show that some anti-cancer therapies work best when the microbes in our body are strong and healthy – which suggests that antibiotics and cancer might not always make a good combination.

We know that friendly, or commensal, bacteria can influence inflammation in the body, and that some forms of inflammation help cancers to grow – but it is unclear whether commensal bacteria have a direct influence on cancer development.

New Scientist


Working independently, two teams of scientists showed that three cancer treatments rely on gut bacteria to mobilise the immune system and kill tumour cells—not just in the gut, but also in the blood (lymphomas) and skin (melanomas). Remove the bacteria with antibiotics, and you also neuter the drugs.

More here in National Geographic
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