Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is one of the most common and deadly types of cancer.
It often goes unnoticed until it’s in the later stages because it develops slowly and is good at hiding its symptoms.
By the time it’s discovered, treatment options are often limited, which is why the death rate is high. So, it’s really important to find ways to catch and treat this cancer as early as possible.
How Probiotics Could Help
A group of scientists at the Institute of Modern Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been studying a new way to prevent colon cancer using probiotics, which are good bacteria that live in our gut.
They’ve found that the type of bacteria in our gut can affect whether or not we get colon cancer. This is a big deal because it means we might be able to use these good bacteria to help prevent the disease.
The researchers created a new kind of probiotic bacteria that can survive the harsh conditions in our stomach and make it all the way to the gut.
They found that these special probiotics can slow down the growth of cancer cells in mice by more than 50% and in human cells by more than 70%. This is a better result than what other similar studies have found.
Making It Even More Effective
The really exciting part is that the researchers didn’t stop at just probiotics.
They also used a special kind of radiation therapy along with the probiotics and found that this combo treatment increased the survival rate of mice with colon cancer by 50% compared to those who didn’t get this combo treatment.
By studying the bacteria and other substances in the gut, they were able to figure out how this combo treatment works to stop cancer.
This means that in the future, we could use this approach to more accurately prevent and treat colon cancer.
What This Means for the Future
This research has added a new option to the toolbox for fighting colon cancer. By combining special radiation therapy with probiotics, doctors may be able to offer a new kind of treatment that’s more effective than what’s currently available.
And because probiotics are generally safe and easy to take, this could be a game-changer in the fight against colon cancer.
Although more research is needed, the study has laid the groundwork for what could become a new, more effective way to tackle this dangerous disease.
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The research findings can be found in Microbiology Spectrum.
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