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    wapta
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    Hi

    I have become very curious about cancer immuno therapies and  immunoadjuvant since being diagnosed NMIBC 10 months ago. I recently had an interesting conversation with a Integrative Medicine practitioner about cancer immunotherapy and the role of the body’s resident microbes, referred to collectively as the microbiome.  The scientists found that those who had the most diverse gut microbes were most likely to respond to the immunotherapy.  I support evidence based medicine to an extent, I keep an open and cynical mind about medical model of care. (european systems of medicine were introduced by colonisers who oppressed traditional ways of healing, often paternalistic, impacted by big pharma).

    http://www.cancer.ca/en/research-horizons/d/6/8/gut-bacteria-may-influence-how-well-immunotherapy-works/

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-microbes-can-shape-responses-to-cancer-immunotherapy/

     

     

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    joey
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    Hi wapta

    Thanks for interesting insight to various roles out gut plays to our immune system.   I too became a student of cancer since I was diagnosed NMBIC almost a year ago.   I think I started learning about cancer as my coping mechanism.   Though I do not have any medical, chemical, biology background, I find learning about cancer is fascinating thanks to internet and many cancer related books.  The best book I ever read on cancer is “The emperor of of all maladies” by Dr.  Siddhartha Mukherjee.  The book won Pulitzer prize in 2011.   IF you had  not read the book, I highly recommend it.  I think most libraries carry it.

    After I read your post, I have found the following site  http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/online/webcasts/clinical-immunology/2018/microbiome/webcast.asp.

    The attached paper says pretty much what your Nature article says. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/acs.biochem.7b012

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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