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Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria

10 November 2017 | Written by La redazione

Cancer drugs can fail 60 to 70 percent of the time and maybe now we know the reason. Some intestinal-dwelling bacteria, in fact, appear to corral and train immune cells to fight off cancer cells -prior to any spurring from cancer immunotherapies. Without such microbial priming, the drugs may only offer a futile prod. Jennifer Wargo, a surgical oncologist and geneticist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center “Our studies in patients and subsequent mouse research really drive home that our gut microbiomes modulate both systemic and anti-tumor immunity.”

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