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Diet patterns linked to success in immunotherapy for melanoma, research finds [Video]

Experts have found evidence that diet could make a crucial difference to someone’s ability to fight melanoma.

For the first time, researchers have discovered a link between diet patterns and how well a patient responds to immunotherapy – the main treatment when melanoma spreads in the body.

The study, published in Nature Medicine, involved 218 melanoma patients from Australia, the Netherlands and the United States.

The study examined patients’ gut bacteria. (9News)

High-risk patients received immunotherapy before their cancer was surgically removed.

“We have known for some time that the microbiome of the gut shapes a patient’s response to immunotherapy, however we haven’t known what role diets plays in that,” Rebecca Simpson, Melanoma Institute Australia PhD student and study investigator, said.

Researchers examined the dietary patterns of patients and stool samples were collected to profile their gut bacteria.

Diet has been linked to better outcomes for melanoma treatment. (9News)

The study showed that lower fibre and omega-3 fatty …

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