Stem cells are obtained in human body that have the unique ability to duplicate themselves and make new cell types. Stem cells are unique, as no other cells in the body have the natural ability to replicate or regenerate themselves (in) new cell types.
How does stem cell therapy work?
The biological task of stem cells is to repair and regenerate damaged cells. Stem cell therapy exploits this function by administering these cells systematically and in high concentrations directly into the damaged tissue, where they advance its self-healing. The process that lies behind this mechanism is largely unknown, but it is assumed that stem cells discharge certain substances which activate the diseased tissue. It is also conceivable that single damaged somatic cells, e.g. single neurocytes in the spinal cord or endothelium cells in vessels, are replaced by stem cells. Most scientists agree that stem cell research has great life-saving potential and could revolutionize the study and treatment of diseases and injuries.
Is it possible to treat me? How do I get evaluated for treatment?
Please fill out our Treatment Inquiry Form; you will receive an email with more information One of our patient representatives will contact you by email and telephone.
How many treatments are given?
Typically, four to six treatments are given. If more are needed, the doctors will address your needs at your first appointment. Treatments are given over a period of 7 days to 21 days, depending on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s recommendation for the particular individual.
What can you expect when you arrive at for treatment?
Upon arriving, you’ll be given a physical examination by the doctor, who will also review your medical records once again. Your doctor may order additional testing, such as blood tests or radiological testing. Either the following day or two days later, at a local private hospital arranged by your physician stem cells will be harvested from your blood, bone marrow, or fat. Your stem cells will be administered to you by your doctor either by vein or artery depending on your condition and his medical decision. You will be monitored by your medical team for 2 to 24 hours after the infusion.
Are stem cell treatments dangerous? Can stem cells cause cancer?
Every medical procedure has risks. A goal of clinical trials is to determine if the possible benefit of a treatment outweighs the risks. A possible risk of some stem cell treatments may be the development of tumours or cancers. For example, when cells are grown in culture (a process called expansion), the cells may lose the normal mechanisms that control growth or may lose the ability to specialize into the cell types you need. Also, embryonic stem cells will need to be directed into more mature cell types or they may form tumours called teratomas. Other possible risks include infection, tissue rejection, complications arising from the medical procedure itself and many unforeseen risks.
Are adult (tissue-specific) stem cells as good as embryonic stem cells in treating diseases?
Embryonic stem cells and adult or tissue-specific stem cells have very different characteristics. Not every stem cell will be able to do everything. Embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any cell type in the body, which makes them especially interesting to stem cell researchers, but they will need to be directed into a more mature cell type to be a useful treatment. Tissue-specific stem cells are already specialized and generally can only become a limited number of cells types. It is important to study both embryonic and tissue-specific stem cells to determine which cell types will be best suited to treat which diseases.
If providing unproven stem cell treatments is so dangerous, why isn’t it illegal?
Cell transplantation is a relatively new technology and the appropriate laws and regulations may not have been developed or applied to the field. Laws and regulations vary from country to country. Depending on the country and the nature of the procedure, there may be no laws restricting stem cell treatments, making them simply unregulated.
Are treatments using my own (Autologous) stem cells safe? Why should these be regulated?
While your own cells are less likely to be rejected by your immune system, this does not necessarily mean the cells are safe to use as a therapeutic treatment. The methods used to isolate, modify, grow or transplant the cells may alter the cells, could cause infection or introduce other unknown risks. Transplanting cells into a different part of the body than they originated from may have unforeseen risk, complications or unpredictable outcomes.
Are there any adverse side effects of stem cell therapy?
Indications and contraindications for administration of MSCs are being worked out by the professionals of clinic. So far, no adverse side effects were reported after MSCs administration.