Gut bacteria 'may help drugs fight cancer'
|Gut bacteria 'may help drugs fight cancer'||Darrell Miller||11/17/16|
November 17, 2016 12:49 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: Gut bacteria 'may help drugs fight cancer'
A study by the University of Texas has found that people with a more diverse population of bacteria in their gut tend to respond better to cancer treatments. Fecal transplants are already used to treat some diseases, but now research is being done to determine if incorporating healthier bacteria into those undergoing chemotherapy would be beneficial. It is believed that the people with a healthier diet with more fruits and vegetables is what causes the healthier gut bacteria.
- Immunotherapies - which harness the body's own defences to fight tumours - can clear even terminal cancer in a small proportion of patients.
- However, a small study by the University of Texas found those harbouring a more diverse community of gut bugs are more likely to benefit.
- The human body is home to trillions of micro-organisms - estimates suggest our own tissues are so heavily outnumbered that our bodies are just 10% human.
"The human body is home to trillions of micro-organisms - estimates suggest our own tissues are so heavily outnumbered that our bodies are just 10% human."