Does the cure for cancer lie in the gut?

Could a faecal transplant save your life? This is the new line of research being pursued by an increasing number of cancer specialists around the world, as scientists attempt to find new ways to utilise the microbiome – the vast colony of micro-organisms that live within our gut – to tackle deadly diseases.

Last month, scientists at King’s College London (KCL) published the largest study so far showing that patients with the skin cancer melanoma were much more likely to respond to life-saving immunotherapy if their microbiomes contained certain healthy bacterial species.

It was a particularly landmark finding, as oncologists have long been seeking ways to boost treatment responses in melanoma patients, an aggressive cancer that can prove fatal if it spreads to other organs. While immunotherapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors can stop melanoma in its tracks, they only work in less than 50 per cent of patients.


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Researchers develop optical biopsy system that detects liver cancer

Researchers develop optical biopsy system that detects liver cancer
Researchers developed a new optical biopsy system that is compatible with a needle biopsy system and can distinguish between cancerous and healthy liver tissue. Credit: Evgenii Zherebtsov, Orel State University

Researchers have developed an optical biopsy system that can distinguish between cancerous and healthy liver tissue. The new technology could make it easier to diagnose liver cancer, which is the sixth most common cancer globally.

“The instrument is designed to be compatible with the needles currently used for liver biopsies,” said Evgenii Zherebtsov, a member of the research team from Orel State University in Russia. “It could thus one day help surgeons more precisely navigate the biopsy instrument to decrease the number of errors in taking tissue samples that are used for diagnosis.”

In the Optica Publishing Group journal Biomedical Optics Express, the researchers report that the optical biopsy system can reliably distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells

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Healthy Lifestyle Benefits Heart After Cancer, Too

Dec. 29, 2021 — We know a healthy lifestyle can help prevent health issues — including cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes — but new research shows it may also lower the risk for heart disease and diabetes in people who already have had cancer.

In a large study published in JACC: CardioOncology, researchers found that healthy living significantly reduced the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes in a healthy population, and also lowered the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in those with a history of cancer.

“These findings highlight the benefits of adopting a combination of healthy behavioral practices in reducing the risk for CVD [heart disease] and T2D complications among patients with and without prevalent cancer,” said the researchers, led by Zhi Cao of Tianjin Medical University’s School of Public Health in Tiagnjin, China.

Healthy living was defined by

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Breast cancer survivor says ‘do not wait to get checked’


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As October comes to a close, we wanted to remind you how important breast cancer screenings really are. We are sharing a story that is close to the FOX 13 News family as a member of our production staff recently helped her partner face the diagnosis head-on amid the pandemic. 

Cora Hensley has her whole life ahead of her, but sometimes the bumps in the road are unavoidable.

“I literally just stuck my hand on my chest like this and that’s when I felt the lump,” said Cora. “And it was very large right off the bat, and that’s when I knew something wasn’t right.”

Hensley made an appointment with her OBGYN a few

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