Microbial diversity of healthy humans. Image: Jonathan Bailey, NHGRI
Fecal microbiota transplantation restores beneficial bacteria population in cancer patients - health science news

Fecal microbiota transplantation is a safe and efficient way to restore the beneficial bacteria population in the intestines of cancer patients that underwent antibiotics treatment, a new study shows. Antibiotics are necessary in the case of stem cell transplantation to prevent bacterial infections in stem cell recipients (i.e. the cancer patients). While antibiotics destroy the natural, beneficial bacteria population in the gut that normally enhances immune function and prevents infections, it is important to restore the patient’s microbiota fast. By transplanting the patient’s own microbiota that had been harvested before antibiotics treatment began, this is achieved in a matter of days, rather than weeks with normal hospital care practice.

Read the full story: NIH – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Scientific publication: Science Translational Medicine