In 10 seconds? Microbes, like bacteria and fungi, seem to play key roles in different cancers. Scientists are using this knowledge to develop tests and treatments to benefit patients down the line.

What’s the story? Our bodies are replete with all sorts of microbes and it turns out that tumors are no exception. In the last decade, scientists have become aware  that all tumors host their own unique communities of microbes. Interestingly, a 2017 study even showed evidence that bacteria in pancreatic tumors can destroy chemotherapy drugs and contribute to treatment resistance. Findings like these have spurred scientists to learn more about microbes in tumors and use their findings to help patients.

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