DEC 28, 2018 09:00 PM PST

Using bacteria in the battle against cancer

WRITTEN BY: Heba El Wassef

We have millions of bacterial cells inside and on our bodies which have a major influence on our health and can affect our reaction to medical treatments, scientists also discovered that our body’s bacteria could affect our reaction to cancer and its treatment which can be used in the battle against cancer. 

Bacteria can affect the body’s reaction towards immunotherapy used against cancer as they influence our body’s immune system, it can also be used directly to kill tumors which is a new therapeutic area called bacteria-mediated cancer therapy, but of course, it has limitations as the development of infections.

There is also other research on how bacterial biofilms can disrupt tumor metastasis.

More research is being done on how to benefit from body’s bacteria in the battle against cancer and how to balance between its benefits and any potential risks.

Sources: Nature, National Cancer Institute, ResearchGate, NCBI, Youtube

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  • A master student in Biochemistry and Molecular biology with experience in Education and Research. I am passionate about scientific research and passing my knowledge to others to help them learn about the latest in science by teaching, writing and volunteering in scientific events.
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