World GI 2017: The Role of Microbiome in Cancer Medicine

Speaker: James Godaert

James Goedert explains that microbiome has been a rapidly developing area of interest but we need to understand better the role of these bacteria and micro-molecules, and how they are associated with cancer and other diseases.

Many different kinds of bacteria live in the human body and they are well described now. However, these populations will change with time and conditions as the ecologic nature evolves.
A study conducted in China showed that the differences in colonoscopy results between pre-cancer and normal subjects was less diverse in the microbiome for the people with colorectal adenoma.
Other studies in cancer patients compared with healthy people have resulted in similar findings showing that diversity is a sign of good health.
In addition, bacteria which normally live in the mouth were frequently found in cancer patients stool analysis.