This chronic condition is still waiting on a cure--but it is highly treatable, says neurologist Dr. Lauren Krupp.
Neurologist Lauren B. Krupp, M.D., director of NYU Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center in New York City, talks about the steps that have been made in successfully treating MS while researchers hunt for a cure.
Is MS Curable?
One day we will have a cure for MS, but that day is not yet here. What we do have are amazing therapies in their ability to prevent the accumulation of new lesions. They prevent the development of clinical events or relapses or MS attacks. They can prevent the expansion of existing lesions, and an added goal is to prevent changes in brain volume. With time, after a certain age, all of us are losing a certain amount of brain volume. The challenge is that if untreated, people who have MS as a group will lose brain volume at a slightly faster rate than people of the same age who don't have MS. The goal of the MS therapies is to prevent that, so that the brain is changing the way it would without MS, just the normal aging effects.