Infections are a major complication of cancer treatment. In addition, about one-third of cancers result from infection with a microbe or the ensuing inflammation from that infection. Our research center studies the role that microbes and the body’s response to them play in cancer development. We also look at ways to prevent and treat infections through a better understanding of the microbiome.
Pictured: Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that often infects cancer patients, imaged by scanning electron microscopy.