Mesothelioma is currently an incurable illness – but if you suffer from it, you shouldn’t give up hope. Researchers are working not only to find a cure, but also to develop new treatments that will improve the lives of patients with asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma gene therapy is one new treatment that holds promise for the future.
Mesothelioma Treatments: Traditional vs. Experimental
There are essentially two types of treatment for mesothelioma:
- Traditional treatments, which include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation
- Experimental treatments, such as mesothelioma gene therapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), immunotherapy, and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
What is Mesothelioma Gene Therapy?
Mesothelioma gene therapy is an experimental process that uses genes to treat or prevent mesothelioma. In the future, mesothelioma gene therapy may allow doctors to treat asbestos-related diseases by inserting a gene into a patient’s cells, rather than prescribing drugs or performing surgery.
How Does Mesothelioma Gene Therapy Work?
The effort to develop a mesothelioma gene therapy is still young, but researchers are exploring several ways in which mesothelioma gene therapy might work, including:
- By replacing a mutated gene that causes mesothelioma with a healthy copy of the gene
- By inactivating, or “knocking out,” a mutated gene that is functioning improperly
- By introducing a new gene into the body to help fight mesothelioma
Gene therapy holds great promise, but the technique is risky and the outcome uncertain. Tests must continue to ensure the safety and effectiveness of mesothelioma gene therapy before it is made available to the public.
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