Study suggests link between bacterium and lower esophageal cancer survival


“The presence of a particular bacterium in esophageal tumors could be linked to lower survival, according to a new Japanese study.

The research, from scientists at Kumamoto University in Japan, found that people whose tumors tested positive for DNA from the common bacterium Fusobacterium nucleatum were more likely to do worse than those whose tumors tested negative.

“If the bacterium is found to be involved in the development of some esophageal cancers, there may be potential to prevent some cancers in high risk patients” – Dr Lesley Anderson, Cancer Research UK
The findings don’t prove the bacterium causes esophageal cancer or poorer survival, but the researchers believe that testing for the DNA could be used to help predict patient outlook.

But they stressed that larger studies would be needed to confirm the link.”

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