Updated: Mar 14
What is Gene therapy?
Gene therapy is a type of medical treatment that involves the introduction of new or modified genes into the body to treat or cure a disease. In the case of brain tumours, gene therapy involves altering the genetic material within the cancer cells to prevent their growth or to make them more vulnerable to other treatments.
Gene therapy can be delivered to the brain in a variety of ways, including directly into the tumour, through the bloodstream, or by using a virus to deliver the therapeutic genes. Some gene therapy approaches for brain tumours are still in the experimental stage, while others have been approved for use in clinical trials or in limited settings. Gene therapy has shown promise as a way to treat brain tumours, particularly those that are resistant to other treatments, and it has the potential to offer new hope for patients with difficult-to-treat brain tumours. However, it is still a developing field, and much more research is needed to understand its full potential and to determine which patients will benefit most from this type of treatment.