Stem Cell Therapy – How the Body Can Use Itself to Heal
Stem cell therapy involves using the body’s basic building blocks, stem cells, to treat a specific disorder or condition to promote healing. They have the ability to regenerate and replicate when activated properly, and in the right conditions stem cells can become almost any specialized type of cell in the human body. They can also promote tissue repair and recovery to obtain positive results with minimal, or no side effects.
Currently, a bone marrow transplant is the most widely used form of stem cell therapy for cancer. This also includes treatments using umbilical cord blood. Currently, adult bone marrow stem cells are now used to treat heart diseases including heart attack and heart failure. Research continues to find new therapies using various types of adult stem cells to treat conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and orthopedic problems.
The stem cell therapy process involves growing stem cells in a laboratory, which are then controlled to specialize in distinct categories of cells such as blood cells, muscle cells, or nerve cells. The cells can then be transplanted directly into the individual in order to repair the damaged organ. Injecting cells that have been changed into heart muscle to repair the malfunctioning muscle tissue is where the research is leading for the future.
Various clinical studies using stem cells continue to be ongoing and very promising. Embryonic stem cells are now being studied to help cure eye diseases such as macular degeneration which leads to blindness. Stem cells obtained from the eye are believed to be useful for growing new cornea in individuals with damaged eyes. To date, these treatments are proven to be safe and some improvements have been documented.
Although many people may think of a transplant to mean replacing a diseased organ with another one, such as in heart or liver transplants, stem cells have an important and often life-saving use for treating disease. A stem cell transplant doesn't involve surgery in the same sense as an organ transplant and the procedure is simplistic in comparison, but its benefit, however, can be just as enormous. In basic terms, a stem cell transplant is the infusion of healthy cells to replace diseased or damaged ones. If successful, the healthy replacement stem cells will integrate into the body and give rise to more cells that can all take on the necessary functions for a specific tissue.
Cancer, particularly leukaemia, is an important disease for stem cell transplants; bone and peripheral blood stem cell transplants have been used for decades. A patient receives chemotherapy or radiation treatment to destroy the cancer cells but unfortunately, healthy cells are also damaged. A stem cell transplant can replace the lost and damaged cells with fresh, functioning ones, which can then provide the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets that are important to metabolism, clotting and immunity. The other benefit of this treatment is that the newly formed white blood cells can further improve immune function such that they destroy any remaining cancer cells in the marrow.
Aplastic anaemia is a condition that is not cancerous but rather, involves a reduction in the production of blood cells by the bone marrow. A stem cell transplant can replace the dysfunctional marrow with new functioning stem cells. These stem cells then travel from the bloodstream to the marrow where ideally, they begin to work properly and produce healthy working blood cells.
Success has already been shown in studies with stem cell transplants for a variety of diseases but more research is required before these can be performed regularly, but research is on the right path. Some of the diseases being studied that could benefit from stem cell transplants include: Parkinson's disease , Type I diabetes and Retinal diseases.
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