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It's one of the biggest breakthroughs in modern cancer care.
If you know anyone with this disease... if you're battling it yourself... you've probably heard the word "immunotherapy" tossed around.
It refers to powerful therapies that arm your own immune system to FIGHT the cancer and DESTROY the tumor.
Some therapies are drugs. Some are natural.
But a new study finds that no matter which form of immunotherapy you choose, there's one thing you need to make it work.
It's safe. It's effective. And it's NOT a medication.
The more friendly germs you have crawling around inside your gut, the more likely your immunotherapy will be a cancer-busting success.
On the flip side, if you don't have conditions down there that allow those bacteria to thrive... if you've got fewer of the friendly germs you need and more of the harmful ones trying to make you sick... the more likely your immunotherapy will fall short of the finish line.
The key isn't in one single strain or type of bacteria.
It's in diversity.
The more diverse the bacteria in your gut, the longer you can live with immunotherapy.
The new study focused on patients with one of the deadliest forms of cancer, metastatic melanoma, which is when the melanoma has spread.
In many cases, patients with this form of cancer have just months to live.
In the new study, some of the folks with this form of cancer responded very well to immunotherapy and lived more than a year.
But others didn't respond very well at all, in some cases living only half as long or less.
It's as if this cutting-edge cancer treatment simply didn't work for them -- and the one thing that set these folks apart from the rest was the bacteria in the gut.
It simply wasn't up to snuff.
To make sure this wasn't just some odd coincidence, the researchers implanted mice that had this form of cancer with the same bacteria taken from humans.
The ones that got the more diverse blend of gut bugs had a better immune response to treatment, and their tumors grew more slowly.
The mice with the less diverse bacteria -- like the humans in the other part of the study -- didn't do nearly as well.
This is precisely what we see in other studies, and not just in cancer patients. In many major diseases, there's been a link between good gut flora diversity and better outcomes.
The best way to increase your own diversity is with a quality probiotic supplement containing multiple human-tested strains and a high-fiber diet to help keep those bacteria thriving.
Good balance can do more than fight this disease.
It can help ensure you never get sick in the first place.