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Doctor insights on: Can Cystic Fibrosis Be Cured

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Dr. William Walsh
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Cystic Fibrosis (Definition)

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the lungs and digestive tract. It causes recurrent lung infections and inhibits growth in patients. Average life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of cystic fibrosis - is there a cure?

Lots of symptoms: Cystic fibrosis is a complicated disease. It can affect many different organ symptoms including respiratory, gi, and genitourinary. This is usually diagnosed in childhood, and there is no cure. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to help them find a cure for cystic fibrosis faster?

Can there be a way to help them find a cure for cystic fibrosis faster?

Research $: Probably the best way for someone to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis (cf), or any other disease for that matter, is to help raise money for research (basic science, translational, or clinical trials). Encouraging patients with CF to participate in clinical trials can also help. There are a number of national organizations that help raise funds for CF (www.Cff.Org) for example. ...Read more

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What's to be expected? Might they ever find a cure for cystic fibrosis?

Unlikely: As a genetic disease, CF is carried by asymptomatic people with a normal gene to balance the abnormal one.If two asymptomatic carriers conceive a baby with two abnormal genes, CF is expressed and the abnormal gene is present in every cell of the body. Treatment is supportive but cannot undo the abnormal genetic information. Improvements in long term supportive care is the best hope at present. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could there ever be a cure for cystic fibrosis any time soon?

What's the expert opinion, could there ever be a cure for cystic fibrosis any time soon?

Perhaps...: The best chance for a cure for cystic fibrosis lies in gene therapy. Clinical trials are currently underway in a number of countries to try to do this. Many of these trials fail, but they help design future trials. You never know when success will happen. Hopefully it will be soon. For a recent article on a large trial in the uk, see: http://www.Ox.Ac.Uk/media/news_stories/2012/120316.Html. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to help doctors find a cure for cystic fibrosis faster?

Can there be a way to help doctors find a cure for cystic fibrosis faster?

Research $: Probably the best way for someone to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis (cf), or any other disease for that matter, is to help raise money for research (basic science, translational, or clinical trials). Encouraging patients with CF to participate in clinical trials can also help. There are a number of national organizations that help raise funds for CF (www.Cff.Org) for example. ...Read more

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What is possible cures for cystic fibrosis, how would gene therapy work?

What is possible cures for cystic fibrosis, how would gene therapy work?

Replace gene: In cystic fibrosis the underlying problem is that a single gene is not functioning. Gene therapy would allow that gene to be replaced with a normal functional gene. In theory, this would offer a cure. In practice, such a cure has proven elusive however work continues. ...Read more

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Theres is no cure for cystic fibrosis so what could gene therapy do?

Theres is no cure for cystic fibrosis so what could gene therapy do?

Cure: Depending on the type of gene therapy, gene therapy can be a cure, if the underlying genetic problem is corrected. Of course, any damage done to the body by the disease up to that point may, or may not be, reversible. ...Read more

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Theres is no cure for cystic fibrosis but what does gene therapy do?

Theres is no cure for cystic fibrosis but what does gene therapy do?

Vertex 770 is new: There are new approaches to potentiate and correct the genetic deffect in cf, one of which is vetex 770 which could potentiate to increase function of the chloride channels. Actual gene correction is years away. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more