1. Is it possible to treat a genetic disease?
It is not possible to completely cure genetic diseases; treatment focusses on managing the signs and symptoms and preventing the complications of the condition.
2. Are the treatments for all the genetic diseases the same?
No, the treatments for all the genetic diseases are not the same. It varies from disease to disease and there are many treatment options like symptomatic treatment, bone marrow transplantation, blood transfusion, gene therapy, etc.
3. Is there a specially qualified healthcare professional to treat genetic diseases?
Yes. there is a specially qualified healthcare professional to treat genetic disease who is called medical geneticist. Further, depending upon the genetic disease, an endocrinologist, hematologist, pulmonologist or other specialist doctor might be involved in management of the condition.
4. Can oral medicines help in treating genetic diseases?
Oral medicines can help in symptomatic treatment and preventing complications of the diseases. They cannot completely cure the disease.
5. What are the side effects associated with treatments of genetic diseases?
The side effects associated with treatments of genetic diseases include
- immune system concerns
- organ failure, cancer
- transplant failure, blood transfusion reactions
- allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting