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Microbiome mediation of infections in the cancer setting

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, April 2016
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1 news outlet
1 blog
23 tweeters
3 Facebook pages


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Microbiome mediation of infections in the cancer setting
Published in
Genome Medicine, April 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13073-016-0306-z
Pubmed ID

Ying Taur, Eric G. Pamer


Infections encountered in the cancer setting may arise from intensive cancer treatments or may result from the cancer itself, leading to risk of infections through immune compromise, disruption of anatomic barriers, and exposure to nosocomial (hospital-acquired) pathogens. Consequently, cancer-related infections are unique and epidemiologically distinct from those in other patient populations and may be particularly challenging for clinicians to treat. There is increasing evidence that the microbiome is a crucial factor in the cancer patient's risk for infectious complications. Frequently encountered pathogens with observed ties to the microbiome include vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Enterobacteriaceae, and Clostridium difficile; these organisms can exist in the human body without disease under normal circumstances, but all can arise as infections when the microbiome is disrupted. In the cancer patient, such disruptions may result from interventions such as chemotherapy, broad-spectrum antibiotics, or anatomic alteration through surgery. In this review, we discuss evidence of the significant role of the microbiome in cancer-related infections; how a better understanding of the role of the microbiome can facilitate our understanding of these complications; and how this knowledge might be exploited to improve outcomes in cancer patients and reduce risk of infection.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 2%
Japan 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 117 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 26 21%
Student > Master 21 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 12%
Student > Bachelor 13 11%
Other 10 8%
Other 22 18%
Unknown 15 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 31 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 17%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 16%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 7%
Other 15 12%
Unknown 17 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 March 2019.
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