Distinct gut microbiome signature can signal pancreatic cancer: study

However, it is unclear whether the microbial profile leads to pancreatic cancer development or is a response to the cancer

A specific gut microbiome signature may help identify pancreatic cancer early and serve as a prognostic marker, a study suggests.

Using patient saliva and stool samples, researchers found that it may be possible to spot the malignancy through a specific panel of microbes, regardless of the stage of disease.

“The way to a screening test to be used in the clinic is still far off; however, we took some care to vet our microbiome models towards disease specificity,” said study co-author Dr Thomas Schmidt (PhD),