A healthy diet may trigger a better response to a certain kind of melanoma treatment.
New research suggests that a diet that’s full of fiber appears to lead to more diverse intestinal bacteria (microbiome). In turn, a thriving gut microbiome is linked to a stronger response to an immune therapy for the aggressive skin cancer.
“We found that patients eating a high-fiber diet at the start of therapy were about five times more likely to respond to the anti-PD-1 immunotherapy,” said study author Christine Spencer. She’s a research scientist with the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San Francisco.