Medical News Today: Your gut microbes may give melanoma treatment a boost

Medical News Today: Your gut microbes may give melanoma treatment a boost

This was the conclusion that researchers from the University of Chicago, IL, came to after they found much higher levels of specific bacteria in the stool samples of people with melanoma who responded to immunotherapy, compared with those who did not respond to the treatment. Among the "good" gut bacteria that the team found to be abundant in those individuals who responded to "PD-1 blockade" immunotherapy were Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium longum, and Collinsella aerofaciens. The scientists found that having higher levels of these strains of bacteria in the gut seemed to increase penetration of immune system T cells into the...

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