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Author Topic: Diet and Probiotics Influence Response to Immunotherapy  (Read 2244 times)

Offline Cancer Health Editors

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Diet and Probiotics Influence Response to Immunotherapy
« on: December 03, 2019, 01:29:01 pm »
A healthy gut microbiome—the community of microbes in the intestines—may play an important role in influencing the effectiveness of immune-based cancer treatment, according to recent research.

People with advanced melanoma who respond well to checkpoint inhibitors have more diverse gut bacteria than nonresponders. But that doesn’t mean people about to start immunotherapy should begin taking probiotics, those widely available over-the-counter supplements full of beneficial bacteria. Indeed, the new research suggests that doing so may be worse than useless—it could actually reduce the chances that immunotherapy will work.

“For this reason, we specifically recommend that people undergoing immunotherapy do not take probiotics unless they are specifically called for in a clinical trial,” says Jennifer McQuade, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.


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Re: Diet and Probiotics Influence Response to Immunotherapy
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2019, 10:47:07 am »
So no supplements, but what about trying to get probiotics through yogurt/other foods? Is this just for ppl with advanced melanoma, or other cancers too?


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