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Stool transplants found to help cancer patients

Stool transplants have been shown to be an effective and safe way to restore the gut bacteria in cancer patients who have been treated with intense antibiotics.
A study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the US has found that autologous fecal microbiota transplantation (auto-FMT) restored beneficial gut bacteria to near baseline levels within days.
This restored patients' digestive, immune and other essential functions too - and is a rapid improvement on standard care, which patients can take weeks to recover from.It could provide significant benefits to people who have received allogenic hematopoietic cell transplantation, which often involves a family member donor giving stem cells to aid bone marrow production of blood cells and immune function to tackle cancer.This form of transplant requires powerful antibiotics to prevent the bacterial infections in the stem cell recipients, however, this can also destroy beneficial bacteria which protect the body.The cancer patients in the study provided their own stool samples which were frozen and stored before the cell transplantation procedure.
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