Some Cancer Drugs Work Better with Gut Microbes

Several recent mouse studies have indicated three cancer drugs dependent on microbes in the gut to be effective.  Loss of these microbes contributes to ineffective treatments.

However, science is still unraveling the implications of these findings.  Antibiotic therapy is an important part of keeping patients with compromised immune systems healthy enough for treatment. In addition, some microbes may aid the cancer drugs while others inhibit the drug.

Research is too early to know how this new information may influence future cancer treatment and indeed, it will be difficult information to harness effectively.  Nonetheless, it is becoming clear that the gut microbiota is a factor worth consideration as cancer therapies evolve.

Source: National Geographic


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