Researchers may have discovered a new early detection method for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer does not usually have a good prognosis. With only about 8% diagnosed living more than 5 years it is known as one of the most deadly. A fascinating new study utilizing traditional Chinese medicine may offer a promising way to detect the disease early and increase survival.
Although it is not a common cancer, it is one of the most deadly due to is difficulty to spot. It has often progressed to an advanced stage of growth without any obvious symptoms making it too late to treat effectively. Therefore, finding a cheap, easy and early detection method has been the focus of many studies. Some studies have analyzed body fluids such as the blood and urine searching for biomakers, but a group of scientists from China suggest bacteria on the tongue could serve as an indicator of the disease.
The oral microbiome is home to large populations of bacteria and interest grows as studies continue suggesting the bacterial found there may play a role in everything from different cancers to neurological disease. The new study investigates the link between bacteria on the tongue and pancreatic cancer.
Inspired by tongue inspection, this is one of the principle diagnostic tests used in traditional Chinese medicine, with practitioners believing that by inspecting the tongue closely can give insights to the status of several organs functions. (Haridy, 2019)
Using modern DNA sequencing technology, scientists put this traditional method to the test to find out if there were differences between the oral microbiome of a healthy patient versus one with pancreatic cancer.
The results were compelling. The pancreatic cancer patients revealed significantly different tongue microbiomes compared to the health controls. There were four types of bacteria that appeared differently in the pancreatic cancer patients. "Levels of Leptotrichia, Fusobacterium, Haemophilus and Porphyromonas were all significant bacterial biomarkers distinguishing pancreatic cancer patients from healthy subjects." (Haridy, 2019)
While is is still unclear what the exact causal relationship is connecting these bacterial levels and pancreatic cancer or if these alterations are associated with other cancer. The scientists who conducted this particular study have hypothesized that the body's inflammatory response, associated with the development of cancer, could be causing the bacterial alteration to the tongue.
"Although further confirmatory studies are needed, our results add to the growing evidence of an association between disruptions to the microbiome and pancreatic cancer," says Li. "If an association between the discriminatory bacteria and pancreatic cancer is confirmed in larger studies, this could potentially lead to the development of new microbiome-based early diagnostic or preventive tools for the disease." (Haridy, 2019)
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Haridy, R. (2019, January 30). Tongue bacteria may be an indicator for early-stage pancreatic cancer. Retrieved from https://newatlas.com/pancreatic-cancer-diagnose-tongue-microbiome-bacteria/58255/