Topic: stem cell transplantation

Just wondering if anyone has undergone stemcell transplantation. It is a clinical trial where they do autotransplantation of pt stem cells. The risk seems quite high (40%) pt die from procedure. It does sound very interesting. Talking to some docs, they feel like this is wave of future.
Lana

Re: stem cell transplantation

Hi Lana,  Stem cell transplantation is still going on and more research is being conducted every day.  I personally have not seen much media lately.  I know there has been some successes and again not.  I remember a hockey coach with family, back in my home town tried as a last resort about 7 years ago but was to no avail unfortunately.  I think the controversy about stem cell and how research initially slowed them down but from recent research show it is still a viable option although very complicated and time consuming procedure.  I don't remember anyone here on this site trying that option but I could be wrong.  You have got me doing some research on the matter as well as bone marrow transplant.  In fact I had just talked with my sister a couple weeks ago about UNC and Duke if she would kinda check things out for me beings she is right there and see how active their programs are.  Sorry , I couldn't be of more help .
God Bless,
Jeff G.

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Re: stem cell transplantation

Thank you so much Jeff for checking into this. It seems very logical when you read the research to replace the body with new fresh cells that will kill off the cancerous cells. The study I read did not involve a fetus, it had to do with a relative undergoing a procedure through the blood, not bone marrow, and apparently they get the cells that way. Less painful! Then the donor cells are tranfused into the pt. The study I read was a trial, talked about pt having to stay 4-6 months near facility.
If you obtain any new info, please let me know. I believe they are working more with stem cell procedures in other countries.
Thanks again,
Lana

Re: stem cell transplantation

As far as I have learned so far, stem cell research is moving forward in many directions.  In fact, it has now been established that stem cells can be retrieved from skin tissue. This is revolutionary and could show to be promising in many aspects in re: to the treatment of numerous ailments and organ replacements.  Something exciting and promising to follow within the years to come.
Marions

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