Therapy for Cancer
There are many
different types of treatment for patients who have cancer, and gene therapy is an impressive option that may be
available as a cancer treatment sometime in the future. Gene therapy is still being studied and more is being
learned about it all the time, so participation in gene therapy studies is likely the only way that this type of
therapy can currently be obtained. Gene therapy is used to treat different genetic diseases, including cancer.
Any type of therapy or treatment that is specifically designed to alter a gene’s normal structure or its
function is considered gene therapy.
cancer patients, gene therapy involves replacing defective genes with normal or modified genes. In certain
clinical trials, the patients’ own T cells (white blood cells) were removed, after which they were modified by
using harmless viruses that gave the patients’ cells new genes. Once they were modified and placed back inside
the body, the T cells were able to attack certain cells in the body, including CLL tumor cells ad B cells. On
average, each member of the study group lost at least two pounds of tumor, and every single T cell that was
genetically modified was able to destroy on average thousands of tumor cells. These results surprised the
doctors who were involved in the clinical trials and showed how helpful gene therapy can potentially be if used
as a cancer treatment in the future.
cancer is a disease with various genetic changes, gene therapy can potentially be a very helpful treatment once
the testing stage is over and it is shown to be a safe treatment. Gene therapy is not yet a standard cancer treatment, and the
only way to receive gene therapy is most likely by becoming a member of a gene therapy study or clinical trial.
If you are interested in becoming a member of a gene therapy study or clinical trial, talk to your doctor and
find out if this is a viable option for you
Preparation for Gene
is still unknown about gene therapy, so it is important to make sure that the potential benefits will outweigh
the risks. Your doctor will also be able to help you understand what you need to do to prepare for gene therapy
Procedure: Gene therapy is still being
extensively studied, and there is very little information that has been published about how the procedure is
administered and how exactly it works. If you are thinking about becoming a test subject for gene therapy, talk
to your doctor about the different types of procedures you can expect to take part in.
Types or Techniques Used:
There is very little
published information about the various techniques used in the study of gene therapy, but we do know that recent
studies have involved removing patients’ T cells and then genetically modifying them before placing them back in
the body to attack tumor cells and B cells. Since gene therapy is still going through a study period, it is
difficult to state what types of procedures will be used if gene therapy becomes a standard cancer treatment. If
you become part of a study or clinical trial, then your doctor will inform you of the techniques and types of
gene therapy that you will go through as part of the study or clinical trial.
Because there is little
published information regarding gene therapy and it is still being studied, the recovery time for gene
therapy is still unknown. If gene therapy makes it through the testing stage and emerges as a new form of
cancer treatment, more information regarding recovery time will then be available.
Risks and Side Effects of Gene
Therapy: If you
plan to participate in a clinical trial or study of gene therapy, be sure to talk to your doctor and find out
the potential risks and side effects so that you can make an educated decision about whether or not to