Clostridia_final

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Everyone knows about cancer. According to the World Health Organization eight million people died of one of the many forms of cancer 2007 and this number is expected to grow to more than 12 million by 2030. However, unlike many other significant diseases, cancer is not confined to a continent or socioeconomic cohort. Also unlike other entrants on the WHO’s top 10 there is no vaccine or wonder drug. This insidious disease requires surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy all of which wreak havoc on the patient during and often long after treatment. But recently novel research looking at using certain bacteria as a therapy is gaining traction that may result in new treatment options that are cheap, easy to produce, noninvasive and if the current research is any indication capable of complete remission in some cases.

Recent advances in bacterial cancer therapies suggest this idea is a new one but in fact using bacteria as a potential therapy for cancers dates back to the late 1800s and very early 1900s where gangrenous patients were observed to cure themselves of tumours as did patients suffering from what was once called acute onset cellulitis (now known as erysipelas or St Anthony’s Fire). During this time some very informative observations were made:

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