Tumor microbiome composite
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.
ABOVE: composite from: © istock.com, CIPhotos; © istock.com, SiberianArt
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?
Could Cancer’s Microbiome Help Diagnose and Treat the Disease?

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

A growing appreciation of the bacterial assemblages that live within tumors has researchers striving to understand and capitalize on their role.

ABOVE: composite from: © istock.com, CIPhotos; © istock.com, SiberianArt

cancer diagnosis

Illustration showing microbial signatures of cancer in the body
Infographic: Putting Cancer’s Unique Microbiomes to Use
Jef Akst | Mar 14, 2022
From diagnosis to tracking treatment responses, bacteria and other microbes in the blood, gut, and tumors of cancer patients may provide helpful hints for improving their care.
dogs, olfaction, smell, prostate cancer, volatiles, diagnosis, disease, canine
Watch a Trained Pup Detect Prostate Cancer From a Urine Sample
Asher Jones | Feb 18, 2021
Good girl, Florin!
Dogs under blanket together stock photo
A Nose by Any Other Name: Tracking the Scent of Tumor Metabolic Waste
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Apr 11, 2022
The unique odor profiles of tumors can be used to develop diagnostic sensing tools.
dogs, olfaction, smell, prostate cancer, volatiles, diagnosis, disease, canine
Dogs Are Teaching Machines to Sniff Out Cancer
Asher Jones | Feb 18, 2021
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers used dogs’ diagnoses of prostate cancer to inform a machine learning algorithm with the goal of one day detecting cancers with canine-level accuracy.
Banking on Blood Tests
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Apr 1, 2016
How close are liquid biopsies to replacing current diagnostics?
Next Generation: Souped-up Probiotics Pinpoint Cancer
Kate Yandell | May 28, 2015
Genetically engineered commensal bacteria help researchers detect cancer metastases in mouse livers.