Gut Microbes Can Shape Responses to Cancer Immunotherapy
Published:09 Nov.2017    Source:Scientific American

Studies find that species diversity and antibiotics influence cutting-edge treatments. Cancer immunotherapies unleash the body’s immune system to fight cancer, but microbes living in a patient’s gut can affect the outcome of those treatments, two research teams have found.


Their studies are the latest in a wave of results linking two of the hottest fields in biomedical research: cancer immunotherapy and the role of the body's resident microbes, referred to collectively as the microbiome in disease.