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What is gene therapy, how can it make cancer treatment easier, know from doctors

Although there is currently a cure for cancer, it is treated with chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. But saving the life of every cancer patient still remains a challenge. Meanwhile, gene therapy has come as a ray of hope for the treatment of cancer, let us know about it.

Cancer cases are increasing every year across the world including India. However, now there has been a lot of progress in the treatment of this disease, new treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy have come. But now saving the life of every cancer patient remains a challenge. Meanwhile, gene therapy has come as a ray of hope for the treatment of cancer. In this therapy, work is done on the genetics of the patient. The bad cancer genes in the body are replaced with good genes. Due to this, the growth of cancer cells reduces significantly. Gene therapy is given to the patient in many ways and it directly targets cancer cells.

This therapy is expected to be started in many hospitals of the country including Delhi-NCR. This is being done in many ways. Senior oncologist Dr. Sajjan Rajpurohit told that different types of gene therapy are done for cancer. The most common tumor suppressor is gene therapy. When such genes are activated, they destroy the tumor from its roots and also stop its growth. Due to which the chances of cancer developing are reduced.

onco gene silencing

Oncogenes are a type of mutated genes, which cause the growth of cancer cells. These oncogenes are targeted through gene therapy and the growth of the tumor stops. In all these techniques, cancer treatment is done in a personalized manner. In this, this therapy is given to every cancer patient based on his genetic makeup. The advantage of this therapy is that its side effects on the body are very less. However, this therapy is still in its initial stage and research is still going on. Currently, clinical trials are being conducted, which have very good results.

Effective in other diseases also

Dr. Rajpurohit said that gene therapy can work against cancer as well as other diseases, although right now everything depends on the trials. If things continue like this, there may soon be a big revolution in cancer treatment.

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