Gene Therapy in Cancer Treatment
Gene Therapy: Does it Work?
Gene therapy is a still somewhat experimental treatment that involves introducing genetic material into a person’s cells to fight or prevent disease. Researchers are studying gene therapy for a number of diseases, such as severe combined immuno-deficiencies, haemophilia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and HIV, via a number of different approaches. A gene can be delivered to a […]
Pioneering Genetic Therapy Cures One-Year-Old of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL)
While Gene Therapy has been around for a few years already, we don’t seem to be hearing much about it being used to treat cancer, especially paediatric cancer, and one cannot help but wonder why… In most gene therapy studies, a “normal” gene is inserted into the genome to replace an “abnormal,” disease-causing gene. In […]
A one-year-old girl, tiny Layla Richards, has become the first person in the world to receive a “designer” immune cell therapy to cure her aggressive “incurable” cancer. Layla was a mere 14-weeks-old when her mother, Lisa Foley, noticed that Layla’s heart was beating rather fast and that she was constantly crying and hardly eating. Doctors […]