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Gene Therapy Patient Information

Gene therapy is an 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, hemophilia, Parkinson's disease, cancer and even HIV, through a number of different approaches. A gene can be delivered to a cell using a carrier. The most common types of carriers used in gene therapy are altered safe viruses. The technology is still in its infancy, but it has been used with some success as outlined below (see also video 6).


Participate in Trial

Are you a patient and considering to participate in a clinical gene therapy trial? Your doctor may be an excellent resource to help identify clinical trials for a particular disease. There are a number of online resources that can also assist in locating clinical trials that are accepting patients:
ClinicalTrials.gov
Cancer.gov
CenterWatch

When looking for a clinical trial, remember to make sure the trial is appropriate for the disease. Most trials also specify an age range for the participants. Additional eligibility requirements must also be met, but these will vary depending on the individual study. Contact the health professionals if they are not listed. It is always best to discuss these issues before you travel to gene therapy center. More clinical trial information.


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